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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obedience, obeisance(noun)

    the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person

  2. obedience(noun)

    the trait of being willing to obey

  3. obedience, respect(noun)

    behavior intended to please your parents

    "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"


  1. obedience(Noun)

    The quality of being obedient.

    Obedience is essential in any army.

  2. Origin: From obedience, from obedience (modern French obédience), from oboedientia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obedience(noun)

    the act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control

  2. Obedience(noun)

    words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness

  3. Obedience(noun)

    a following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope

  4. Obedience(noun)

    a cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior

  5. Obedience(noun)

    one of the three monastic vows

  6. Obedience(noun)

    the written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject

  7. Origin: [F. obdience, L. obedientia, oboedientia. See Obedient, and cf. Obeisance.]


  1. Obedience

    Obedience, in human behavior, is a form of "social influence in which a person yields to explicit instructions or orders from an authority figure" Obedience is generally distinguished from compliance, which is behavior influenced by peers, and from conformity, which is behavior intended to match that of the majority. Obedience can be seen as both a sin and a virtue. For example in a situation when one orders a person to kill another innocent person and he or she does this willingly, it is generally considered to be a sin. However when one orders a person to kill an enemy who will end a lot of innocent lives and he or she does this willingly it can be deemed a virtue. Humans have been shown to be surprisingly obedient in the presence of perceived legitimate authority figures, as shown by the Milgram experiment in the 1960s, which was carried-out by Stanley Milgram to find how the Nazis managed to get ordinary people to take part in the mass murders of the Holocaust. The experiment showed that obedience to authority was the norm, not the exception. Regarding obedience, Stanley Milgram said that "Obedience is as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can point to; Some system of authority is a requirement of all communal living, and it is only the man dwelling in isolation who is not forced to respond, through defiance or submission, to the commands of others." A similar conclusion was reached in the Stanford prison experiment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obedience

    ō-bē′di-ens, n. state of being obedient: willingness to obey commands: dutifulness: the collective body of persons subject to any particular authority: a written instruction from the superior of an order to those under him: any official position under an abbot's jurisdiction.—adjs. Obē′dient, willing to obey; Obēdien′tial, submissive: obligatory.—adv. Obē′diently.—Canonical obedience, the obedience, as regulated by the canons, of an ecclesiastic to another of higher rank; Passive obedience, unresisting and unquestioning obedience to authority, like that taught by some Anglican divines as due even to faithless and worthless kings like Charles II. and James II.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. obedience

    1. Expectation on a monument. 2. A dignified retreat from Balaklava. 3. Lex Talionis playing 'possum. 4. The second law of Nature, the first being murder. _E. g._, "After all, it was my brother's Obedience to the Lord that laid the foundation of my glory."--From Cain's _Diary of an Altar-Wrecker_.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obedience in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obedience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of obedience in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

  2. Anonymous D:

    Obedience is only practiced by the cowardly.

  3. Jesse Shelley:

    Desire is the only justification for obedience.

  4. Anthony de Mello:

    Obedience keeps the rules. Love knows when to break them.

  5. J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning:

    In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.

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