Definition of obedience in English:

obedience

Syllabification: o·be·di·ence
Pronunciation: /ōˈbēdēəns
 
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noun

  • 1Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority: children were taught to show their parents obedience obedience to moral standards
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    • But his blind obedience to duty and authority leads to a moral failure to rebel against Ahab, and because duty wins, he dooms both himself and the ship to its fate.
    • Particularly significant is the power of certain types of organization to condition the behaviour of their members, especially in habituating them to obedience to authority.
    • He was fascinated by behavioural patterns and society's obedience to authority and New Yorkers were doubtless delighted when his research revealed them to be so obliging.
    Synonyms
    compliance, acquiescence, tractability, amenability; dutifulness, duty, deference, observance of the law/rules; submissiveness, submission, conformity, docility, tameness, subservience, obsequiousness, servility
  • 1.1Observance of a monastic rule: vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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    • It is out of the Benedictine, or monastic, tradition of obedience that I formed my decision.
    • They took vows of chastity and poverty, and if part of a monastic community, obedience to the abbot.
    • But even monastic women, after taking the vows of chastity, obedience and poverty, could not he cleansed of the stigma of Eve.

Phrases

in obedience to

In accordance with: he was acting in obedience to his conscience
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  • Australia assumes a comprehensive jurisdiction over its own ships in obedience to, or at least in conformity with, the general body of international law, which is codified in that Convention.
  • Your Honour, in obedience to requests made to me informally by the Registrar, I invite your Honour to certify for counsel.
  • ‘This is a significant step forward and continues a process which could well change the face of English Christianity - which would be in obedience to God's gift and calling,’ he said.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin oboedientia, from the verb oboedire (see obey).

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