noncompliant

To be noncompliant is to be defiant and resistant to authority.

When someone is compliant, they go along with what others — especially people in authority — want them to do. When someone is noncompliant, they resist authority. A child refusing to do homework or chores is being noncompliant. A citizen ignoring a police officer's request is being noncompliant. An actor telling a director to get lost is being noncompliant. Sometimes it’s good to be noncompliant, like when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus.

Definitions of noncompliant
  1. adjective
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    synonyms: defiant
    insubordinate, resistant, resistive, rogue
    disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
    obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant
    recalcitrant
    marked by stubborn resistance to authority
    difficult, unmanageable
    hard to control
    disobedient
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    insubordinate
    not submissive to authority
    intractable
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
    unwilling
    not disposed or inclined toward
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    Antonyms:
    compliant
    disposed or willing to comply
    amenable, conformable
    disposed or willing to comply
    lamblike
    like a lamb in meekness and gentleness
    nonresistant
    offering no resistance
    manageable
    capable of being managed or controlled
    obedient
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
    willing
    disposed or inclined toward
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  2. noun
    a person who refuses to comply
    synonyms: balker, baulker
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    types:
    negativist
    someone who refuses to do what is asked or does the opposite of what is asked
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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