Definition of obedience in English:

obedience

noun

  • 1Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.

    ‘children were taught to show their parents obedience’
    ‘obedience to moral standards’
    • ‘The idea of obedience to a discipline struck him as mildly revolting.’
    • ‘The most important qualities of a good child are respect for the elderly and obedience to parental authority.’
    • ‘But his blind obedience to duty and authority leads to a moral failure to rebel against Ahab, and because duty wins, he dooms both himself and the ship to its fate.’
    • ‘He stayed right where he was, in perfect obedience to his master's word.’
    • ‘In the past, our conduct was dictated by one primal theme: obedience to parents, sexual ‘purity,’ and high morals.’
    • ‘Both identity and habits of uniformity offer benefits to a state or other power-wielding organisation, in terms of popular solidarity with it and obedience to it, respectively.’
    • ‘That is where Milgram was to conduct his classic and controversial experiments on blind obedience to authority.’
    • ‘It seems that there's a terrible mindset at work here, one which puts obedience to authority beyond all other concerns.’
    • ‘He was fascinated by behavioural patterns and society's obedience to authority and New Yorkers were doubtless delighted when his research revealed them to be so obliging.’
    • ‘The point is, you've torn down the person's sense of self and convinced them that they only way they can succeed at anything is through obedience to authority.’
    • ‘The evidence suggests to many that obedience to a complex truth suffered from a sense of urgency that made attention harder.’
    • ‘Particularly significant is the power of certain types of organization to condition the behaviour of their members, especially in habituating them to obedience to authority.’
    • ‘The church was remarkably successful in implanting tradition, respect for hierarchy and obedience to authority in French Canadian society.’
    • ‘He said that exercises at schools focused more on obedience to authority, to the teacher and school regulations, which was another way of instilling obedience to the state and the ruler.’
    • ‘The 18th century philosophers wanted to liberate man from the shackles of blind faith and obedience to authority.’
    • ‘Even in his strongest statements on the subject, Martin depicts the proposed changes as a matter of obedience to the courts, rather than to the principles on which Canada operates.’
    • ‘When it came to a choice between believing and living Catholic faith and morals versus doing as she pleased, she went with obedience to Catholic faith and morals.’
    • ‘Deference and obedience to elders is considered extremely important.’
    • ‘Niuean society is a gerontocracy based on obedience to and respect for those who are older than oneself, with special accord being given to males and those who are first-borns.’
    compliance, acquiescence, tractability, tractableness, amenability
    dutifulness, deference, duty, respect, respectfulness, observance of the law, observance of the rules, discipline, biddableness, duteousness
    malleability, pliability, conformity, conformance, conformability, submissiveness, submission, docility, tameness, meekness, passivity, passiveness, subservience, obsequiousness, servility
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    1. 1.1Observance of a monastic rule.
      ‘vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience’
      • ‘I have an Episcopalian Franciscan friend, a monk who has become a priest, and who took the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.’
      • ‘She would walk away from an organised life of obedience and ritual prayer, to one of personal freedom and an open-ended spirituality.’
      • ‘Br Dennis Murphy has just completed his novice year at the Dominicans and took his first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this Wednesday.’
      • ‘The Templars took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and were given headquarters near the ruins of the Temple of Solomon.’
      • ‘The ‘Black Canons’ followed a strict religious life of poverty, chastity, obedience and prayer.’
      • ‘It was said that as long as a monk upheld the three oaths of chastity, obedience, and poverty, his soul was promised Reprieve.’
      • ‘The Transalpine Redemptorists aim to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience, just as Celtic monks did on the same spot 1000 years ago.’
      • ‘His Latin version taught them how to live as monks in poverty, chastity, and obedience, while French additions dealt with military organization and tactics.’
      • ‘But even monastic women, after taking the vows of chastity, obedience and poverty, could not he cleansed of the stigma of Eve.’
      • ‘Among the three religious vows, obedience is considered a spiritual way of listening to an inner voice in the stead of God's will.’
      • ‘He was the first archbishop to insist on receiving written professions of obedience from the bishops whom he consecrated.’
      • ‘They took vows of chastity and poverty, and if part of a monastic community, obedience to the abbot.’
      • ‘Were poverty, chastity and obedience a drama for you?’
      • ‘The Bishop of Middlesborough received and consecrated her as a hermit in 1994 and she took her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.’
      • ‘It was this witness of life which gave me the courage to come here at the age of twenty-three, and finally to take Solemn Vows of chastity, poverty and obedience a few months ago.’
      • ‘It is out of the Benedictine, or monastic, tradition of obedience that I formed my decision.’
      • ‘Sister John had gone through the relatively easy motions of obedience to her order.’
      • ‘The rules require a withdrawal from secular attachments, complete obedience to an elected abbot, and poverty.’
      • ‘It seems that almost everything is provided as far as I am faithful to the vows of chastity, obedience and poverty.’
      • ‘Another group of monasteries grew up around friars who although taking the triple vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience were mendicants who moved about the country using any house of their own order as a base.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin oboedientia, from the verb oboedire (see obey).

Pronunciation:

obedience

/ōˈbēdēəns//əˈbēdēəns/