the state or quality of being obedient.
the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, especially ecclesiastical.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical.
conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, especially on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.

1150–1200; Middle English < Old French < Latin oboedientia. See obedient, -ence

overobedience, noun
preobedience, noun
superobedience, noun

2. submission, subservience, deference.
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obedience (əˈbiːdɪəns)
1.  the condition or quality of being obedient
2.  the act or an instance of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour
3.  the authority vested in a Church or similar body
4.  See also passive obedience the collective group of persons submitting to this authority

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Word Origin & History

in reference to dog training is attested from 1930; from L. obedientia, from obediens (see obedient).
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Example sentences
Obedience is given to those who, in their hierarchical roles, demand it.
Traditional armies drill unquestioning obedience into their grunts.
The dogs must be mild mannered, know basic obedience commands, and enjoy
  meeting new people.
Dogs may be able to understand far more words than a typical owner teaches them
  during obedience training.
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