- 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.
- obedience training,
- obedience trial,
- obedient plant,
Origin of obedience
Examples from the Web for obedience
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.
It addresses itself to no slaves to weaken their obligations of obedience.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two|Abraham Lincoln
This was in obedience to that thirst after wealth which characterized the taking possession of America.The Social Evolution of the Argentine Republic|Ernesto Quesada
I was obliged, in obedience to strict duty, to submit the work to Monseigneur, and to beg his Grace's approval.Balthasar|Anatole France
Old Joe swore the boy to this obedience, and young Joe has never faltered or hesitated.Frank Merriwell's Son|Burt L. Standish
After supper he went over to see Mr. Jones, in obedience to the instructions received from the breaker boss.Derrick Sterling|Kirk Monroe
c.1200, "submission to a higher power or authority," from Old French obedience "obedience, submission" (12c.) and directly from Latin oboedientia "obedience," noun of quality from oboedientem (nominative oboediens); see obedient. In reference to dog training from 1930.