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
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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