One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Theology. Christ's perfect and complete deference to God in carrying out his laws and commands, as distinguished from his suffering and dying on the cross.
2(Voluntary) proactive compliance with the commands of an authority (opposed to passive obedience).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Perkins (1558–1602), theologian and Church of England clergyman.
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