insubordination

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Refusal or deliberate failure to carry out a legal assignment entrusted by a superior. In cases of doubt about the legality of the assignment, the correct procedure is to do the work under protest and follow it up with a grievance letter. In other words, 'work now, grieve later.'

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The private's actions were considered insubordination by his commanding officer as he refused a direct order without a reasonable explanation.
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Due to his insubordination, the soldier was swiftly reprimanded, being court marshaled and stripped of his duties and his titles.
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John's boss told him to never use blue markers on the white board. John really like blue so he used them anyway in his presentation. John was scolded afterwards by his boss for his insubordination.
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