- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM obedienceo·ver·o·be·di·ence, nounpre·o·be·di·ence, nounsu·per·o·be·di·ence, noun
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How to use obedience in a sentence
Perhaps most important, obedience to procedural norms is a sign of judicial humility.
They can safely keep a mischievous puppy from chasing other animals or gnawing on the living-room furniture, provide an exercise space as a dog run, or help with obedience or anti-anxiety training.Best dog pen: Keep your pup safe and happy in these versatile containers|Irena Collaku|August 20, 2021|Popular-Science
That lack of obedience stressed out other owners and their pooches, and it proved vexing and occasionally fatal to wildlife.
The Texans need to rebuild more than they need to make some point about obedience.Deshaun Watson is taking a stand against disingenuous NFL owners. It could change the league.|Jerry Brewer|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
When adhering to simple safety measures can save tens of thousands of American lives, wearing a mask is not an act of blind obedience, it is an act of patriotism.How we can encourage people to wear masks — for others’ sake|Shai Davidai|December 24, 2020|Vox
Such brutality will likely inspire fear and obedience among the overwhelmingly moderate Sunnis of Iraq, but not enthusiasm.
“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|DAILY BEAST
“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|Michael Daly|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Junheng Li|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We knew that obedience was immediate, complete, and without question.
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
They threw down their weapons with sullen obedience and the first great step towards the re-conquest of India was taken.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The legal framework of the State and of obedience to the law in which industrial society is set threatens to break asunder.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
On the part of the believer, his faith and imperfect obedience, though necessary, are not a condition.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
The old dog stuck to her like a burr, and she had not the heart to take up a stick to enforce obedience.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie