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[oh-bee-dee-uh nt] /oʊˈbi di ənt/
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority:
an obedient son.
Origin of obedient
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin oboedient- (stem of oboediēns), present participle of oboedīre to obey; see -ent
Related forms
obediently, adverb
overobedient, adjective
overobediently, adverb
preobedient, adjective
preobediently, adverb
quasi-obedient, adjective
quasi-obediently, adverb
superobedient, adjective
superobediently, adverb
compliant, docile, tractable, yielding, deferential, respectful.
recalcitrant. Unabridged
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  • She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She took it obediently, but over the cup her eyes searched his.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Eli took it obediently, but he did not speak; he only looked at the sea.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The old greasy is the jacket, and Mr. Don obediently gets into it.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • Joshua got obediently to his feet and placed himself as directed.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • It was far from what the Swede had expected; but he accepted the task, obediently.

  • I handed him the checks, obediently, and he stepped to the telephone and gave a number.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • obediently he wheeled to the left, and I caught the swish of his sword as it left the scabbard.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • obediently he swung down from his horse, and surrendered the reins to her.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for obediently


obeying or willing to obey
Derived Forms
obediently, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin oboediens, present participle of oboedīre to obey
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Word Origin and History for obediently



c.1200, from Old French obedient "obedient" (11c.), from Latin oboedientem (nominative oboediens), present participle of oboedire "to obey" (see obey). Related: Obediently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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