Definition of passive obedience in English:

passive obedience


  • 1Theology the submission of Christ to the will of his Father, leading to his suffering and death on the Cross.

  • 2Willing, uncomplaining, or unresisting submission to the will of another, specifically to God.

  • 3Compliance with commands irrespective of their nature.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Perkins (1558–1602), theologian and Church of England clergyman.