- not submitting to authority; disobedient: an insubordinate soldier.
- not lower.
- a person who is insubordinate.
- not submissive to authority; disobedient or rebellious
- not in a subordinate position or rank
- an insubordinate person
1849, on model of French insubordonné (1789); from (1) “not, opposite of” + . Related: Insubordinately.