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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obedientadjective

    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

    "an obedient soldier"; "obedient children"; "a little man obedient to his wife"; "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke

Wiktionary

  1. obedientadjective

    Willing to comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of those in authority.

    Jessica was so intensely obedient of her parents that her brother sometimes thought she was a robot.

  2. Etymology: From oboediens, present active participle of oboedio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBEDIENTadjective

    Submissive to authority; compliant with command or prohibition; obsequious.

    Etymology: obediens, Latin.

    To this end did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 2 Cor. ii. 9.

    To this her mother’s plot
    She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath
    Made promise. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Wind.

    He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death. Phil. ii. 8.

    Religion hath a good influence upon the people, to make them obedient to government, and peaceable one towards another. John Tillotson, Serm. 3.

    The chief his orders gives; th’ obedient band,
    With due observance, wait the chief’s command. Alexander Pope.

Wikipedia

  1. obedient

    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. Depending on context, obedience can be seen as moral, immoral, or amoral. Humans have been shown to be 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 out 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, 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.

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  1. obedient

    Obedient refers to complying or willing to comply with orders, rules, or instructions, typically from one in a position of authority. It means to follow directives willingly, without argument or resistance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obedientadjective

    subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command

Editors Contribution

  1. obedient

    Complying with the Laws or Rule of Law of a state or country.

    Citizens are obedient to the Rule of Law which empowers everybody.


    Submitted by JP03 on December 15, 2014  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obedient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obedient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of obedient in a Sentence

  1. Petro Poroshenko:

    Now, it is finally clear that we struggled on Maidan not against Yanukovych. He was just a cruel and obedient marionette, moscow was preparing to the liquidation and tearing Ukraine apart long before the victory of Maidan. They were expecting the fall of Yanukovych and accelerated the course of events.

  2. Governor Huckabee:

    It means we are obedient to a power that is not only higher than the current government, but a power that was the basis of our government.

  3. Kim Davis:

    I am not perfect. No one is, but I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to him and to the word of God.

  4. Governor Huckabee:

    That does mean civil disobedience, it means we are obedient to a power that is not only higher than the current government, but a power that was the basis of our government.

  5. Choi Yun-ah:

    Kids died because they were asked to stay still, if I stay obedient and listen to what grown-ups tell me to do, it will damage me, so I now speak my mind.

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