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Meaning of OBEDIENCE

Pronunciation:  ow'beedeeuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
  2. [n]  the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
  3. [n]  the trait of being willing to obey

OBEDIENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: obeisance, respect
 Antonyms: disobedience, disobedience, noncompliance
 See Also: compliance, filial duty, flexibility, submission, submissiveness, tractability, tractableness, truckling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\O*be"di*ence\, n. [F. ob['e]dience, L. obedientia,
oboedientia. See {Obedient}, and cf.{Obeisance}.]
1. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient;
   compliance with that which is required by authority;
   subjection to rightful restraint or control.

         Government must compel the obedience of individuals.

2. Words or actions denoting submission to authority;
   dutifulness. --Shak.

3. (Eccl.)
   (a) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman
       Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who
       submit to the authority of the pope.
   (b) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by
       a prior.
   (c) One of the three monastic vows. --Shipley.
   (d) The written precept of a superior in a religious order
       or congregation to a subject.

{Canonical obedience}. See under {Canonical}.

{Passive obedience}. See under {Passive}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are obedient, symbolizes that you are a good worker who will go far in your occupation. Dreaming that others are obedient towards you means good fortune and success in your business.
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