obe·​di·​ent | \ ō-ˈbē-dē-ənt How to pronounce obedient (audio) , ə- \

Definition of obedient

: submissive to the restraint or command of authority : willing to obey an obedient child an obedient dog obedient to those whom he feared— A. N. Wilson

Other Words from obedient

obediently adverb

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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

Examples of obedient in a Sentence

that boy is so obedient that he does everything the first time he is asked
Recent Examples on the Web Naomi was a young lady who was so obedient, very Southern, very respectful. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 17 Apr. 2022 When protein finally came to Allen’s party, as the salmon returned in June to Suslota Lake in the Mentasta Mountains, Allen walked away from them, obedient to his task and faithful that more food would appear in the unknown ahead. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 Historians who had previously been obedient communists felt emboldened to come out in their true colors. Richard Cohen, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 Maybe success for a child is achieving straight A’s, being an athlete or good citizen, or being kind, obedient or compassionate. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 To rule that way, because of the baseless claims of widespread voting fraud, makes the Republicans who wear the solemn robes on the Commonwealth Court sound like an obedient chorus at a Trump rally. Charles Tiefer, Forbes, 29 Jan. 2022 The charges were based on an argument that the entourage of managers and aides who helped the singer meet girls – and keep them obedient and quiet – amounted to a criminal enterprise. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Joyanna is an obedient pet who enjoys the outdoors and rolling around in the grass. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Through acts of everyday kindness and shrewd survival instincts, Hellinger saved hundreds of women from their deaths while living a double life and remaining visibly obedient in front of the Nazi guards. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of obedient

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obedient

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin oboedient-, oboediens, from present participle of oboedīre "to follow the commands of, submit to" — more at obey

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“Obedient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obedient. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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obe·​di·​ent | \ ō-ˈbē-dē-ənt How to pronounce obedient (audio) \

Kids Definition of obedient

: willing to do as told by someone in authority : willing to obey

Other Words from obedient

obediently adverb

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