[ oh-bee-dee-uhnt ]
/ oʊˈbi di ənt /


obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority: an obedient son.

Nearby words

  1. obeah,
  2. obeche,
  3. obedience,
  4. obedience training,
  5. obedience trial,
  6. obedient plant,
  7. obedientiary,
  8. obediently,
  9. obeid,
  10. obeid, el

Origin of obedient

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin oboedient- (stem of oboediēns), present participle of oboedīre to obey; see -ent

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/ (əˈbiːdɪənt) /


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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