Definition of obedience
1a : an act or instance of obeyingb : the quality or state of being obedient Children should learn obedience and respect for authority.
2 : a sphere of jurisdiction landowners within the king's obedience; especially : an ecclesiastical or sometimes secular dominion under the obedience of the Bishop of Rome
Examples of obedience in a Sentence
the drill sergeant demanded complete and unquestioning obedience from the recruits
the cowardly obedience with which the dictator's henchmen followed his every command
Recent Examples of obedience from the Web
Martin never hints that gay people exist who seek to live in obedience to the Catholic Church.
Pet Con features exhibits, vendors, dog obedience and agility demonstrations, as well as information on pet training, care and traveling with your pet, and pet adoptions with dozens of rescue groups.
Under Putin, they were co-opted, marginalized, or strong-armed into obedience.
The map resulting resulting from the transmissions, published in the July Ecosphere, shows creatures that don’t just drift in instinctive obedience to migratory impulse.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'obedience'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of obedience
OBEDIENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of obedience for Students
: the act of obeying : willingness to obey
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up obedience? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).