- the state or quality of being obedient.
- the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
- a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, especially ecclesiastical.
- Chiefly Ecclesiastical.
- conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, especially on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
- the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.
Origin of obedience
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for obedience
Such brutality will likely inspire fear and obedience among the overwhelmingly moderate Sunnis of Iraq, but not enthusiasm.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
“They stressed rules and obedience, Francis is emphatic about mercy,” Berry says.The Seedy Side of Sainthood: Was John Paul II Canonized Too Fast?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 17, 2014
“The first website that really helped me understand what obedience to Allah was,” Loewen wrote.Terry Lee Loewen, the Mellow Kansas Man Who Dreamed of Jihad
December 16, 2013
A timeless fairytale of true love and magical transformation would be reduced to a boring exercise in memorization and obedience.China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More
November 30, 2013
We knew that obedience was immediate, complete, and without question.The Sinister Side of Homeschooling
September 20, 2013
"Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience to law.
He had acted "in obedience to the clear and imperious call of public obligation."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Obedience has regard to the will of a ruler, not to necessity and truth.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
She had wept only in the struggle of obedience and the renunciation of passion.The Dream
- the condition or quality of being obedient
- the act or an instance of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour
- the authority vested in a Church or similar body
- the collective group of persons submitting to this authoritySee also passive obedience
Word Origin and History for obedience
c.1200, "submission to a higher power or authority," from Old French obedience "obedience, submission" (12c.) and directly from Latin oboedientia "obedience," noun of quality from oboedientem (nominative oboediens); see obedient. In reference to dog training from 1930.