obedient

adjective obe·di·ent \ ō-ˈbē-dē-ənt , ə- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

obediently

adverb

Examples of obedient in a Sentence

  1. that boy is so obedient that he does everything the first time he is asked

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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

Synonym Discussion of obedient

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

OBEDIENT Defined for English Language Learners

obedient

adjective

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

obedient

adjective obe·di·ent \ ō-ˈbē-dē-ənt \

Definition of obedient for Students

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

obediently

adverb


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