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Definitions of obedience

  1. behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One of the three monastic vows. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Act or state of yielding to control; submission to authority. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. State of being obedient: compliance with what is required: dutifulness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. State of being obedient; compliance with a command enjoined by authority; dutifulness. Passive obedience, implicit obedience to kingly authority, whether legal or illegal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A willing compliance with what is required; submission to authority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for obedience

  1. But what relation that intention had to her loyalty or treachery, or whether she were capable of either- capable of anything except greed, and obedience for the sake of pay- were problems no man living could have guessed. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  2. If we were called together, we should be a confused herd, without any disposition to obedience without a general of ability to direct and guide us; and our numbers would be our destruction! – The Siege of Boston by Allen French