obedience

noun obe·di·ence \ ō-ˈbē-dē-ən(t)s , ə- \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018
1 a : an act or instance of obeying
b : 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

  1. the drill sergeant demanded complete and unquestioning obedience from the recruits

  2. the cowardly obedience with which the dictator's henchmen followed his every command

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First Known Use of obedience

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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OBEDIENCE Defined for Kids

obedience

noun obe·di·ence \ ō-ˈbē-dē-əns \
: the act of obeying : willingness to obey


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