adjective, un·ru·li·er, un·ru·li·est.

  1. not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.

adjective -lier or -liest

  1. disposed to disobedience or indiscipline

adj.c.1400, from un- (1) “not” + obsolete ruly “amenable to rule.” Related: Unruliness.

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