Meaning of “rebellious” in the English Dictionary

"rebellious" in British English

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uk /rɪˈbel.i.əs/ us /rɪˈbel.i.əs/

If a group of people are rebellious, they oppose the ideas of the people in authority and plan to change the system, often using force:

C1 If someone is rebellious, they are difficult to control and do not behave in the way that is expected:

Her teachers regard her as a rebellious, trouble-making girl.
adverb uk /rɪˈbel.i.ə us /rɪˈbel.i.ə
noun [ U ] uk /rɪˈbel.i.əs.nəs/ us /rɪˈbel.i.əs.nəs/

(Definition of “rebellious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rebellious" in American English

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us /rəˈbel·jəs/

having strong feelings of disagreement with people in authority, an organization, or a government, esp. showing such feelings through force:

A peace agreement was signed yesterday between the republic and its rebellious region.
He was a rebellious young man.

(Definition of “rebellious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)