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 formso·be·di·ent·ly, adverbo·ver·o·be·di·ent, adjectiveo·ver·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverbpre·o·be·di·ent, adjectivepre·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-o·be·di·ent, adjectivequa·si-o·be·di·ent·ly, adverbsu·per·o·be·di·ent, adjectivesu·per·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb

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obeying or willing to obey
Derived Formsobediently, adverb

Word Origin for obedient

C13: from Old French, from Latin oboediens, present participle of oboedīre to obey
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Word Origin and History for obedient

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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