Etymology
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unruly (adj.)

"disposed to resist lawful restraint," c. 1400, from un- (1) "not" + obsolete ruly (adj.) "amenable to rule." Related: Unruliness.

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Definitions of unruly

unruly (adj.)
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline;
an unruly class
Synonyms: boisterous / rambunctious / robustious / rumbustious
unruly (adj.)
unwilling to submit to authority;
unruly teenagers
Synonyms: disobedient
unruly (adj.)
incapable of being controlled;
the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly
From wordnet.princeton.edu