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[oh-bee-dee-uh nt] /oʊˈbi di ənt/
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority:
an obedient son.
Origin of obedient
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin oboedient- (stem of oboediēns), present participle of oboedīre to obey; see -ent
Related forms
obediently, adverb
overobedient, adjective
overobediently, adverb
preobedient, adjective
preobediently, adverb
quasi-obedient, adjective
quasi-obediently, adverb
superobedient, adjective
superobediently, adverb
compliant, docile, tractable, yielding, deferential, respectful.
recalcitrant. Unabridged
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  • They were quiet, obedient and extremely well behaved.
  • Her sister suggested she lose weight and be more obedient.
  • But she knows which side her biscuit is buttered on and is extremely obedient.
  • But his words may, of late, be falling on less obedient ears.
  • The emperor was asked by the foreigner how he menages to keep an obedient society.
  • She won't look at us much, and is shaky and nervous sometimes, even though she remains perfectly obedient.
  • We got a trainer that came to the house and she is obedient now and listens to commands.
  • Firms trying to dream up new kinds of financial derivatives need employees who are inventive rather than obedient.
  • obedient and disciplined are not necessarily militaristically imposed as you seem to think.
  • Some governments covertly harp on this naive adage to coerce their people to be obedient citizens.
British Dictionary definitions for obedient


obeying or willing to obey
Derived Forms
obediently, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin oboediens, present participle of oboedīre to obey
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Word Origin and History for obedient

c.1200, from Old French obedient "obedient" (11c.), from Latin oboedientem (nominative oboediens), present participle of oboedire "to obey" (see obey). Related: Obediently.

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