[ oh-bee-dee-uhnt ]
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  1. 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

Other words for obedient

Opposites for obedient

Other words from obedient

  • o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·o·be·di·ent, adjective
  • o·ver·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb
  • pre·o·be·di·ent, adjective
  • pre·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-o·be·di·ent, adjective
  • qua·si-o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb
  • su·per·o·be·di·ent, adjective
  • su·per·o·be·di·ent·ly, adverb

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How to use obedient in a sentence

  • I hung to the reins as best I could, twisting them about my wrist, and the horse started obediently forward.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • The girl had tamed her father, Van Tromp had gone obediently to bed: so much was obvious to the watcher in the road.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for obedient


/ (əˈbiːdɪənt) /

  1. obeying or willing to obey

Origin of obedient

C13: from Old French, from Latin oboediens, present participle of oboedīre to obey

Derived forms of obedient

  • obediently, adverb

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