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rebelliousadjective

uk   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: rebellious ​groups of ​southerntribespeopleC1 If someone is rebellious, they are ​difficult to ​control and do not ​behave in the way that is ​expected: Her ​teachersregard her as a rebellious, trouble-making ​girl.
rebelliously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
rebelliousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of rebellious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rebelliousadjective

 us   /rəˈbel·jəs/
having ​strongfeelings of ​disagreement with ​people in ​authority, an ​organization, or a ​government, esp. ​showing such ​feelings through ​force: A ​peaceagreement was ​signedyesterday 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)
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