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obedience

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of obedience

  1. 1 a bending to the authority or control of another <the drill sergeant demanded complete and unquestioning obedience from the recruits> Synonyms compliance, conformity, submission, subordination Related Words abidance, agreeability, amenability, teachableness, tractability, tractableness, trainability; acquiescence, capitulation, obeisance, obsequiousness, submissiveness, surrender, yielding; deference, docility, dutifulness, humility, meekness, modesty, servility, slavishness, subordinateness, subservience, subserviency; inhibition, repression, restraint, suppression; control, discipline, dutifulness, order Near Antonyms noncooperation, recusancy; disrespect, impudence, insolence, rudeness; insurgence, insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, outbreak, revolt; hardheadedness, mulishness, mutinousness, obstinacy, obstinateness, perversity, pigheadedness, stubbornness; misbehavior, mischievousness, naughtiness; dissent, dissidence Antonyms balkiness, contrariness, contumacy, defiance, disobedience, frowardness, insubordination, intractability, noncompliance, obstreperousness, rebelling, rebellion, rebelliousness, recalcitrance, refractoriness, self-will, unruliness, waywardness, willfulness

  2. 2 a readiness or willingness to yield to the wishes of others <the cowardly obedience with which the dictator's henchmen followed his every command> Synonyms acquiescence, biddability, compliancy, deference, docility, compliance, submissivenessRelated Words amenability, amiability, complaisance, good-naturedness; obsequiousness, servility, slavishness, subservience, subserviency; conformity; cooperativeness, receptiveness, receptivity; humoring, indulgence; acceptance, assent, consent; capitulation, submission, surrender; affability, amicability, congeniality, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, sociabilityNear Antonyms animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill willAntonyms defiance, disobedience, intractability, recalcitrance

  3. 3 the following of a custom, rule, or law <expectations of strict obedience to the guidelines were soon dashed> Synonyms abidance, adherence, compliance, conformance, conformity, keeping, observance, observationRelated Words deference, honor, regard, respect, upholding; accession, acquiescence, submission, surrender; attendance, attention, heed, noticeNear Antonyms brush-off, disregard, ignoring; delinquency, dereliction, forgetting, neglect, overlooking; offense (or offence), sin, wrong; challenge, defiance, flouting, rebellionAntonyms breach, contravention, infraction, infringement, nonobservance, transgression, trespass, violation





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