English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'unruly'

(adjective) 
Definition
difficult to control or organize
It's not good enough just to blame the unruly children.
Synonyms
uncontrollable
The situation could become uncontrollable.
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wild
The angry crowd became quite wild and agitated.
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unmanageable
The signs are that indulged children tend to become unmanageable.
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disorderly
disorderly conduct
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turbulent
six turbulent years of rows and reconciliations
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boisterous
a boisterous but good-natured crowd
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rebellious
a rebellious and dissident territory
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wayward
wayward children with a history of behavioural problems
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rowdy
He has complained about rowdy neighbours.
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intractable
How can we reduce the influence of intractable opponents?
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wilful
a selfish and wilful congressman
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lawless
They said there could never be an excuse for lawless behaviour.
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fractious
The children were predictably fractious.
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riotous
a riotous mob of hooligans
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headstrong
He's very headstrong, but he's a good man underneath.
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mutinous
His own army, stung by defeat, is mutinous.
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disobedient
Her tone was that of a parent ordering a disobedient child.
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ungovernable
The country has become ungovernable.
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refractory
refractory priests who tried to side with the king
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obstreperous
an awkward and obstreperous customer
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insubordinate
Workers who are grossly insubordinate are threatened with discharge.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of boisterous
Definition
noisy and lively
a boisterous but good-natured crowd
in the sense of disobedient
Definition
refusing to obey
Her tone was that of a parent ordering a disobedient child.
in the sense of disorderly
Definition
uncontrolled
disorderly conduct

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