One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Compliant, yielding, obedient; deferential, servile.
1Of a stream, stream valley, or drainage pattern: having a course or character opposite to that of a consequent stream, stream valley, or drainage pattern, i.e. against the direction of dip of the strata.
2Of a fault-line scarp or related feature: having (as a result of differential erosion) a relief the reverse of that originally produced by the faulting.
An obsequent stream.
Early 16th century. From classical Latin obsequent-, obsequēns compliant, yielding, use as adjective of present participle of obsequī to follow or comply with<br>late 19th century. From ob- + -sequent.
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