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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disobedient mean? 

DISOBEDIENT (adjective)
  The adjective DISOBEDIENT has 2 senses:

1. not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
2. unwilling to submit to authority

  Familiarity information: DISOBEDIENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISOBEDIENT (adjective)

Sense 1disobedient [BACK TO TOP]


Not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

Context example:

disobedient children


fractious; recalcitrant; refractory (stubbornly resistant to authority or control)

recusant (refusing to submit to authority)

froward; headstrong; self-willed; wilful; willful (habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition)

contrary; obstinate; perverse; wayward (resistant to guidance or discipline)


difficult; unmanageable (difficult to manage or control)

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)

intractable (not tractable; difficult to manage or mold)

defiant; noncompliant (boldly resisting authority or an opposing force)

incorrigible (impervious to correction by punishment)

obstinate; stubborn; unregenerate (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)


obedience (the trait of being willing to obey)


obedient (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority)

Sense 2disobedient [BACK TO TOP]


Unwilling to submit to authority


disobedient; unruly

Context example:

unruly teenagers


insubordinate (not submissive to authority)

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