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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Prone to or participating in a rebellion: rebellious students.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion: rebellious behavior.
  • adj. Resisting treatment or control; unruly. See Synonyms at insubordinate.

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  • adj. Showing rebellion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Engaged in rebellion; disposed to rebel; of the nature of rebels or of rebellion; resisting government or lawful authority by force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Acting as a rebel, or having the disposition of one; defying lawful authority; openly disobedient or insubordinate.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion; of rebel character, relation, or use.
  • Hard to treat or deal with; resisting effort or operation; refractory: applied to things.
  • Synonyms Insubordinate, disobedient. See insurgent, n., and insurrection.
  • Specifically, in metallurgy, difficult to reduce; requiring extra manipulation or extreme heat: said of ores from which it is difficult to separate the metal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. participating in organized resistance to a constituted government
  • adj. discontented as toward authority
  • adj. resisting control or authority

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