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defiance (noun) open disobedience of, or resistance to, authority.

Your open disobedience of law or resistance to authority is your defiance of law or authority. Opposing something or violating a law is defiance. 'They have started constructions in the site in defiance of government's orders prohibiting any construction.' This means that their constructions are in violation of government's orders. Countries are stockpiling nuclear weapons in defiance of the UN resolutions. That is, the UN resolutions ban the stockpiling of nuclear weapons, but nations go on doing it disobeying the resolutions.

  • Though Lord Nelson was ordered to pull back from the battle, he led the British Navy to war against Napoleon in defiance of the orders of his superiors.
  • Iraq was invaded by the coalition forces led by the US as it was presumed that Iraq manufactured Weapons of Mass Destruction in defiance of the UN ban.
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