obedience

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

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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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From Latin

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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