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
Examples of obedient in a Sentence
that boy is so obedient that he does everything the first time he is asked
Recent Examples of obedient from the Web
Factor in its beefier brakes, its standard helical limited-slip differential, and its overall resistance to pitch, dive, and lean, and the Civic Si can really be driven hard yet remains eminently obedient.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Puccini’s opera indulges in an uncomfortable racial stereotype: the obedient, long-suffering Japanese geisha.
Barnett's list included prairie smoke, coneflower, compass plant, obedient plant and butterflyweed — native prairie plants that bloom at different times — as well as native shrubs including filbert, which produces fruits for wildlife in fall.
Whereas parents of obedient children enjoy advantages and conveniences not enjoyed by parents of disobedient children, the benefits of obedience accrue primarily to the child.
The horses were in festive finery and obedient to every subtle command from perfect-posture riders whose stiff-brimmed Cordobés hats complemented their high-waisted paseo trousers, short jackets — chaquetillas camperas — and tall leather boots.
But some fan bases are more obedient than others—which means viewers who aren’t caught up have to be vigilant, especially when a wave of live-tweeting is afoot.
Such ideas seemed to make Judaism the engine of a radical reëvaluation of the entire human relationship to God, one that established a new role for humanity, beyond that of the obedient servant.
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Origin and Etymology of obedient
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oboedient-, oboediens, from present participle of oboedire to obey
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of obedient
OBEDIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obedient for English Language Learners
: willing to do what someone tells you to do or to follow a law, rule, etc. : willing to obey
OBEDIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of obedient for Students
: willing to do as told by someone in authority : willing to obey
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