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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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  • He shook a dirty finger in the poodle's face, and it obediently stretched its mouth, to show all its little gold-filled teeth.

    The Little Colonel's Hero Annie Fellows Johnston
  • “Put out your tongue,” he ordered abruptly, and I did so obediently.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • He twitched the reins, and Coaley obediently shouldered Rab out of the trail and turned him neatly toward the Douglas ranch.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • And I obediently piled the gilt parlor furniture in corners.

  • "Yes, Aszszony," Marushka said obediently, and she and Banda were very quiet.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • “Little mother,” he whispered, with a kiss, and obediently went.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • She obediently retreated, and the dim light within was suddenly extinguished.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • Pierre obediently sat down, his eyes asking if he were doing right.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Jurobei, who understood that this was strategy on his master's part, obediently allowed himself to be bound.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
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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