Definition of Obedience

1. Noun. The act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person.

Exact synonyms: Obeisance
Generic synonyms: Compliance, Submission
Specialized synonyms: Truckling
Antonyms: Disobedience
Derivative terms: Obedient, Obey, Obey

2. Noun. The trait of being willing to obey.
Generic synonyms: Flexibility, Tractability, Tractableness
Specialized synonyms: Submissiveness
Attributes: Obedient, Disobedient
Antonyms: Disobedience
Derivative terms: Obedient, Obey

3. Noun. Behavior intended to please your parents. "He went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
Exact synonyms: Respect
Generic synonyms: Filial Duty
Derivative terms: Obedient

Definition of Obedience

1. n. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.

Definition of Obedience

1. Noun. The quality of being obedient. ¹

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Definition of Obedience

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Medical Definition of Obedience

1. 1. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control. "Government must compel the obedience of individuals." (Ames) 2. Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness. 3. A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope. A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior. One of the three monastic vows. The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject. Canonical obedience. See Canonical. Passive obedience. See Passive. Origin: F. Obedience, L. Obedientia, oboedientia. See Obedient, and cf.Obeisance. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Obedience

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1. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori (1912)
"We need only reflect that this " obedience " which we treat so lightly, occurs later ... We find that society rests on a foundation of marvellous obedience, ..."

2. The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith (1916)
"THE JOY OP obedience. HAVING spoken of some of the difficulties in this life ... Long ago I met some where with this sentence, "Perfect obedience would be ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Among the virtues obedience holds an exalted place but not the highest. ... Amongst the moral virtues obedience enjoys a primacy of honour. ..."

4. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER IX Of obedience and subjection IT is verily a great thing to live in obedience, to be under authority, and not to be at our own disposal. ..."

5. The Works of President Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life by Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd (1829)
"For if we are justified by our sincere obedience, then it alters not the case, whether the commands be moral or positive, provided they be God's commands, ..."

6. ... Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons by Adolphus Frederick Schauffler (1884)
"The iirst duty of children is obedience. This is not to be slavish but ... The obedience should be religious, arising out of the conviction that such ..."

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