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obedient

[oh-bee-dee-uh nt] /oʊˈbi di ənt/
adjective
1.
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority:
an obedient son.
Origin of obedient
1175-1225
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
Synonyms
compliant, docile, tractable, yielding, deferential, respectful.
Antonyms
recalcitrant.
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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

obedient

/əˈbiːdɪənt/
adjective
1.
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

obedient

adj.

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

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