Definition of obedient
- an obedient child
- an obedient dog
- obedient to those whom he feared
- —A. N. Wilson
that boy is so obedient that he does everything the first time he is asked
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: willing to do what someone tells you to do or to follow a law, rule, etc. : willing to obey
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