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rebellious in English:

1. deliberately not obeying people in authority or rules of behaviour



English word "rebellious"(deliberately not obeying people in authority or rules of behaviour) occurs in sets:

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2. wayward


He was a wayward kid.
wayward thoughts; wayward emotions; wayward behavior
a wayward toddler / adolescent
Diane brushed a wayward strand of hair off her face.

English word "rebellious"(wayward) occurs in sets:

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3. disobedient


My children are disobedient.
My dog is very disobedient.
To be disobedient, a child has to break a rule.
He never does what he's told. He's very disobedient
Children are inclined to be disobedient.
From an adult's one-sided point of view, children's attitudes often seem to be disobedient.

English word "rebellious"(disobedient) occurs in sets:

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4. rebellious


He’s always had a rebellious streak (= a tendency to rebel).
rebellious teenagers
Fans of gangsta rap tend to be rebellious.
He has a rebellious view, he rejectes all social restraints.
Some rebels are more rebellious than others.
He was responsible, I was rebellious.
Her teachers regard her as a rebellious, trouble-making girl.
Dan has always had a rebellious streak.
I was really rebellious as a teenager. I never did what my parents wanted.
I was prone to being rather rebellious as a child. I would regularly refuse to do what I was told.
Julie is rebellious and ignores her parents.
Julie is really rebellious and never does what her parents tell her to do.
They looked angry and almost rebellious.
She’s going through a very rebellious phase.
Children have a tendency to become rebellious.

5. subservient


Don't be subservient to your boss.
1. She is expected to be subservient to her uncle. 2. he woman's needs are seen as subservient to the group interest. 3. In some countries women are subservient to men

6. maverick



7. nonconformist


nonconformist someone who thinks and behaves differently from other people

8. revolutionary


She's the designer of a revolutionary new product.
The car was revolutionary for quick travel.
The statue of the Minute Man commemorates the valiant soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War.
The revolutionary government, while raising troops from the masses and fighting a defensive battle, established a republic and executed Louis XVI.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

9. opposing authority or accepted ways od doing things