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obedience

[ oh-bee-dee-uhns ]
/ oʊˈbi di əns /
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noun

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.
  1. conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, especially on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
  2. the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.

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Origin of obedience

1150–1200; Middle English <Old French <Latin oboedientia.See obedient, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM obedience

o·ver·o·be·di·ence, nounpre·o·be·di·ence, nounsu·per·o·be·di·ence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obedience

obedience
/ (əˈbiːdɪəns) /

noun

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
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