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From Anglo-Norman obedience, from Old French obedience (modern French obédience), from Latin oboedientia. Cognate with obeisance.



obedience (countable and uncountable, plural obediences)

  1. The quality of being obedient.
    Obedience is essential in any army.
    • Thomas Jefferson
      Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Cautioning Nobs to silence, and he had learned many lessons in the value of obedience since we had entered Caspak, I slunk forward, taking advantage of whatever cover I could find...
  2. The collective body of persons subject to any particular authority.
  3. A written instruction from the superior of an order to those under him.
  4. Any official position under an abbot's jurisdiction.



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obedience f (oblique plural obediences, nominative singular obedience, nominative plural obediences)

  1. obedience
  2. authority; influence; power
    Il comaunda par obedience Ke de la femme s’en issist
    He commanded by his authority that it (the evil spirit) come out of her