Definition of obedient in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbiːdɪənt/


Complying or willing to comply with an order or request; submissive to another’s authority: 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.
compliant, acquiescent, tractable, amenable;
dutiful, good, law-abiding, deferential, respectful, duteous, under control, well trained, well disciplined, disciplined, observant, manageable, governable, conformable;
docile, biddable, submissive, tame, meek, passive, unresisting, malleable, pliable, pliant, yielding, subservient, obsequious, servile


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.’


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

Words that rhyme with obedient

expedient, ingredient, mediant

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