People in charge — like bosses and teachers — hate insubordination, which means that someone is defying their authority.

When a student is disrespectful to a teacher or says something like "I won't do this homework!", that's an act of insubordination. If a teacher didn't do what the principal wanted, that would also be insubordination. This word is often used in relation to the military, where giving and taking orders is extremely important. A soldier who commits insubordination — by disobeying an order — can be in a lot of trouble. Anywhere there's insubordination, someone with less power (a subordinate) is giving someone with more power a whole lot of trouble.

Definitions of insubordination

n defiance of authority

the quality of obedient submissiveness
Type of:
defiance, rebelliousness
intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude

n an insubordinate act

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obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority
disobedience, noncompliance
the failure to obey
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
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group action in opposition to those in power

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