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obedient Syllabification: o·be·di·ent
Pronunciation: /əˈbēdēənt/

Definition of obedient in English:


Complying or willing to comply with orders or requests; submissive to another’s will: she was totally obedient to him
More example sentences
  • They are expected to be obedient and comply with requests from adults immediately.
  • We have been taught to be obedient to authorities and not to think for ourselves much.
  • With Mimi he was expected to be neatly groomed, dutiful and obedient.
dutiful, good, law-abiding, deferential, respectful, duteous, well trained, well disciplined, manageable, governable;
malleable, pliable, pliant, subservient, obsequious, servile;


Middle English: via Old French from Latin oboedient- 'obeying', from the verb oboedire (see obey).


your obedient servant

dated A formula used to end a letter.
Example sentences
  • It was an age when letters routinely ended with formulae like ‘I beg to remain your obedient servant’ although the writer had no wish to do anything of the kind.
  • I have the honour to remain, Ma'am, your obedient servant,
  • They all signed off any official communication to any ordinary citizen with, ‘I am your obedient servant.’



Example sentences
  • Although he carried out his orders obediently he never did more than he had been bidden, neither did he indulge in sadistic tortures.
  • Here we become a salesman's dream, and obediently buy the model recommended by the bathroom man.
  • I obediently went through to my room and sat down on the bed, while Alex closed the door on me.

Words that rhyme with obedient

expedient, ingredient, mediant

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