Definition of rebellious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈbeljəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbeljəs//
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  1. 1unwilling to obey rules or accept normal standards of behaviour, dress, etc. rebellious teenagers He has always had a rebellious streak. Wordfinderadolescent, immature, mixed up, naive, puberty, rebellious, sulky, tearaway, teenager, young See related entries: Youth
  2. 2opposed to the government of a country; opposed to those in authority within an organization rebellious cities/factions Rebellious back-benchers are threatening to vote against the government.
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