- The definition of insubordinate is someone who is not submissive to authority or that is not following orders.
When you talk back to your boss and refuse to do what he has asked you to, this is an example of when you are insubordinate.
insubordinate definition by Webster's New World
not submitting to authority; disobedient
Origin: in- plush subordinate
an insubordinate person
insubordinate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Not submissive to authority: has a history of insubordinate behavior.
- inˌsub·orˈdi·nate noun
- inˌsub·orˈdi·nate·ly adverb
- inˌsub·orˌdi·naˈtion noun