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[ri-bel-yuh s] /rɪˈbɛl yəs/

defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or .
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory

early 15c., from Latin rebellis (see rebel (adj.)) + -ous. Related: Rebelliously; rebelliousness.


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