If you want to be insubordinate, go ahead and break the rules, ignore orders, and act like a disobedient rebel.

Words that have similar meanings to insubordinate include "rebellious" and "mutinous." But while insubordinate people don't follow orders, rebellious folks openly defy them and mutinous groups try to overthrow the authority that created them. When baseball player Jackie Robinson objected to racial discrimination in the Army in the 1940s, he was accused of being insubordinate. He was court martialed, but found innocent and acquitted.

Definitions of insubordinate
  1. adjective
    not submissive to authority
    “a history of insubordinate behavior”
    insubordinate boys”
    defiant, noncompliant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient
    disobedient, unruly
    unwilling to submit to authority
    disposed to or in a state of mutiny
    resisting control or authority
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    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
    owing feudal allegiance to or being subject to a sovereign
    subject to a ruling authority
    dependent, subject
    being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
    compliant and obedient to authority
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  2. adjective
    disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
    synonyms: resistant, resistive, rogue
    defiant, noncompliant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
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