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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Examples from the Web for obediently

Contemporary Examples of obediently

Historical Examples of obediently

  • She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She took it obediently, but over the cup her eyes searched his.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Eli took it obediently, but he did not speak; he only looked at the sea.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The old greasy is the jacket, and Mr. Don obediently gets into it.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Joshua got obediently to his feet and placed himself as directed.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

British Dictionary definitions for obediently



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 obediently



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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