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obedient

[oh-bee-dee-uh nt] /oʊˈbi di ənt/
adjective
1.
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority:
an obedient son.
Origin
1175-1225
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
Synonyms
compliant, docile, tractable, yielding, deferential, respectful.
Antonyms
recalcitrant.
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Examples for obedient
  • 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

obedient

/əˈbiːdɪənt/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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