Thesaurus

obedience

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of obedience

  1. 1 a bending to the authority or control of another the drill sergeant demanded complete and unquestioning obedience from the recruits Synonyms of obedience compliance, conformity, submission, subordination Words Related to obedience abidance, agreeability, amenability, teachableness, tractability, tractableness, trainability; acquiescence, capitulation, obeisance, obsequiousness, submissiveness, surrender, yielding; deference, docility, dutifulness, humility, meekness, modesty, servility, slavishness, subordinateness, subservience, subserviency; inhibition, repression, restraint, suppression; control, discipline, dutifulness, order Near Antonyms of obedience noncooperation, recusancy; disrespect, impudence, insolence, rudeness; insurgence, insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, outbreak, revolt; hardheadedness, mulishness, mutinousness, obstinacy, obstinateness, perversity, pigheadedness, stubbornness; misbehavior, mischievousness, naughtiness; dissent, dissidence Antonyms of obedience balkiness, contrariness, contumacy, defiance, disobedience, frowardness, insubordination, intractability, noncompliance, obstreperousness, rebelling, rebellion, rebelliousness, recalcitrance, refractoriness, self-will, unruliness, waywardness, willfulness

  2. 2 a readiness or willingness to yield to the wishes of others the cowardly obedience with which the dictator's henchmen followed his every command Synonyms of obedience acquiescence, biddability, compliancy, deference, docility, compliance, submissivenessWords Related to obedience amenability, amiability, complaisance, good-naturedness; obsequiousness, servility, slavishness, subservience, subserviency; conformity; cooperativeness, receptiveness, receptivity; humoring, indulgence; acceptance, assent, consent; capitulation, submission, surrender; affability, amicability, congeniality, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, sociabilityNear Antonyms of obedience animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill willAntonyms of obedience defiance, disobedience, intractability, recalcitrance

  3. 3 the following of a custom, rule, or law expectations of strict obedience to the guidelines were soon dashed Synonyms of obedience abidance, adherence, compliance, conformance, conformity, keeping, observance, observationWords Related to obedience deference, honor, regard, respect, upholding; accession, acquiescence, submission, surrender; attendance, attention, heed, noticeNear Antonyms of obedience brush-off, disregard, ignoring; delinquency, dereliction, forgetting, neglect, overlooking; offense (or offence), sin, wrong; challenge, defiance, flouting, rebellionAntonyms of obedience breach, contravention, infraction, infringement, nonobservance, transgression, trespass, violation



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up obedience? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to conform or adhere

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!