early 15c., dysobedyent, from Old French desobedient, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientem (replacing Latin inobedientem) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientem (see obedient). Related: Disobediently. Earlier in the same sense was disobeissant (late 14c.), from Old French desobeissant, and inobedient (early 14c.).
1. Her tone was that of a parent to a disobedient child.
2. The disobedient boy was ordered out of the room.
3. The cruel captain used a scourge on his disobedient sailor.
4. That disobedient boy is a pest.
5. His father switched him when he was disobedient.