What does insubordination mean?

Definitions for insubordinationˌɪn səˌbɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word insubordination.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. insubordination(noun)

    defiance of authority

  2. insubordination, rebelliousness(noun)

    an insubordinate act


  1. insubordination(Noun)

    The quality of being insubordinate; disobedience to lawful authority.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insubordination(noun)

    the quality of being insubordinate; disobedience to lawful authority

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. insubordination.]


  1. Insubordination

    Insubordination is the act of willfully disobeying authority. Refusing to perform an action that is unethical or illegal is not insubordination; neither is refusing to perform an action that is not within the scope of authority of the person issuing the order. Insubordination is generally a punishable offense in hierarchical organizations which depend on people lower in the chain of command doing what they are expected to do.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insubordination in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insubordination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jenna Garland:

    Religious beliefs cannot shield any employee from the consequences of poor judgment and insubordination.

  2. Tihomir Bezlov:

    This is a very risky wave of insubordination, this is an uncalculated move with unpredictable consequences.

  3. Todd McCarthy:

    Unfortunately,' Mockingjay - Part 1' has all the personality of an industrial film, there's not a drop of insolence, insubordination or insurrection running through its veins ; it feels like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme.

  4. Police Chief Gorden Eden:

    Insubordination tears at the fabric of public safety especially when the officer makes a choice not to follow a lawful order, in imposing the discipline of termination, I considered the seriousness of the acts and omissions, aggravating circumstances and Officer Dear's disciplinary record.

  5. Roger B. Taney:

    It citizenship would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other state whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, andwithout obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of the law for which a white man would be punished it citizenship would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State.

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