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[oh-bee-dee-uh ns] /oʊˈbi di əns/

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.
Chiefly Ecclesiastical.

the condition or quality of being obedient
the act or an instance of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour
the authority vested in a Church or similar body
the collective group of persons submitting to this authority See also passive obedience

c.1200, “submission to a higher power or authority,” from Old French obedience “obedience, submission” (12c.) and directly from Latin oboedientia “obedience,” noun of quality from oboedientem (nominative oboediens); see obedient. In reference to dog training from 1930.


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  • Obedience-training

    noun 1. the training of an animal, especially a dog, to obey certain commands.

  • Obedience-trial

    noun 1. a competitive event at which a dog can progress toward a degree in obedience by demonstrating its ability to follow a prescribed series of commands.

  • Obedient

    [oh-bee-dee-uh nt] /oʊˈbi di ənt/ adjective 1. or willing to ; complying with or submissive to authority: an obedient son. /əˈbiːdɪənt/ adjective 1. obeying or willing to obey adj. c.1200, from Old French obedient “obedient” (11c.), from Latin oboedientem (nominative oboediens), present participle of oboedire “to obey” (see obey). Related: Obediently.

  • Obedientiary

    /əʊˌbiːdɪˈɛnʃərɪ/ noun (pl) -ries 1. (Christianity) the holder of any monastic office under the superior

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