Disobedience means not following rules or instructions given to you by an authority figure. The disobedience of the kids at summer camp might drive their counselor batty.

Ordinary disobedience includes things like your dog chasing your cat even after you tell her not to, or a party guest refusing to hand over a gift to the birthday boy despite being instructed to do it. Civil disobedience is a special type of defiance: it's refusing to follow the laws or demands of a governing power that you disagree with. During the Civil Rights Movement, protesters used civil disobedience (including sit-ins and boycotts) to protest segregation.

Definitions of disobedience
  1. noun
    the failure to obey
    synonyms: noncompliance
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    obedience, obeisance
    the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
    abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity
    acting according to certain accepted standards
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    a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
    willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order; can result in a finding of contempt of court
    contempt of Congress
    deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch
    contempt of court
    disrespect for the rules of a court of law
    type of:
    insubordination, rebelliousness
    an insubordinate act
  2. noun
    the trait of being unwilling to obey
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    the trait of being willing to obey
    badness, mischievousness, naughtiness
    an attribute of mischievous children
    prankishness, rascality, roguishness
    the trait of indulging in disreputable pranks
    type of:
    intractability, intractableness
    the trait of being hard to influence or control
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