adjective \-ənt\

: willing to do what someone tells you to do or to follow a law, rule, etc. : willing to obey

Full Definition of OBEDIENT

:  submissive to the restraint or command of authority :  willing to obey
obe·di·ent·ly adverb

Examples of OBEDIENT

  1. <that boy is so obedient that he does everything the first time he is asked>

Origin of OBEDIENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oboedient-, oboediens, from present participle of oboedire to obey
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of OBEDIENT

obedient, docile, tractable, amenable mean submissive to the will of another. obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority <obedient to the government>. docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance <a docile child>. tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing <tractable animals>. amenable suggests a willingness to yield or cooperate because of a desire to be agreeable or because of a natural open-mindedness <amenable to new ideas>.

Rhymes with OBEDIENT


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