Someone who's disobedient doesn't follow the rules. If your dog won't sit, stay, or heel, you can describe her as disobedient.

When you refuse to obey someone in authority, you're disobedient. A frustrated substitute teacher might describe the entire second grade class as disobedient, and you may try to train your cat to use the toilet but find her to be a disobedient pet. The word comes from combining obedient — with its root of oboedientem, Latin for "obey," — with the prefix dis, or "do the opposite of."

Definitions of disobedient
  1. adjective
    unwilling to submit to authority
    synonyms: unruly
    not submissive to authority
  2. adjective
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    disobedient children”
    impervious to correction by punishment
    defiant, noncompliant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    having undesirable or negative qualities
    difficult, unmanageable
    hard to control
    contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward
    resistant to guidance or discipline
    fractious, recalcitrant, refractory
    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    froward, headstrong, self-willed, wilful, willful
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
    refusing to submit to authority
    obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    disposed or willing to comply
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
    capable of being managed or controlled
    acquiescent, biddable
    willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest
    quick to comply
    duteous, dutiful
    willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
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    prepared to accurately process date and time data between and into the 20th and 21st centuries
    willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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