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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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  • He shook a dirty finger in the poodle's face, and it obediently stretched its mouth, to show all its little gold-filled teeth.

    The Little Colonel's Hero Annie Fellows Johnston
  • She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He twitched the reins, and Coaley obediently shouldered Rab out of the trail and turned him neatly toward the Douglas ranch.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • The old greasy is the jacket, and Mr. Don obediently gets into it.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • "Yes, Aszszony," Marushka said obediently, and she and Banda were very quiet.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • I handed him the checks, obediently, and he stepped to the telephone and gave a number.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She obediently retreated, and the dim light within was suddenly extinguished.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • obediently he wheeled to the left, and I caught the swish of his sword as it left the scabbard.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Jurobei, who understood that this was strategy on his master's part, obediently allowed himself to be bound.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
British Dictionary definitions for obediently


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 obediently



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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