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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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  • The roach creeps obediently inside and sits there quietly as the wasp lays her egg on its underside.
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  • Most of the students retain some degree of doubt and confusion, even as the perform more and more obediently.
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  • She obediently collapses onto it, resting her chin on his knee while staring up at him with blind adoration.
  • They obediently rushed back, some on foot because their horses had been killed in the charge.
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.

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