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.
4. Chiefly Ecclesiastical. a.
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.
Origin: 1150–1200; Middle English Related forms
< Old French
< Latin oboedientia.
2. submission, subservience, deference.