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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defiant mean? 

DEFIANT (adjective)
  The adjective DEFIANT has 1 sense:

1. boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

  Familiarity information: DEFIANT used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEFIANT (adjective)

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Boldly resisting authority or an opposing force


defiant; noncompliant

Context examples:

brought up to be aggressive and defiant / a defiant attitude


insubordinate; resistant; resistive (disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority)

obstreperous (noisily and stubbornly defiant)

recalcitrant (marked by stubborn resistance to authority)


difficult; unmanageable (difficult to manage or control)

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

insubordinate (not submissive to authority)

intractable (not tractable; difficult to manage or mold)

unwilling (not disposed or inclined toward)


compliant (disposed or willing to comply)

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