One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Complying or willing to comply with orders or requests; submissive to another's will.‘a docile and obedient dog’‘children are taught to be obedient to their parents’
compliant, acquiescent, tractable, amenableView synonyms
- ‘Kate is eventually tamed and obedient towards her husband by the end of the play.’
- ‘They are expected to be obedient and comply with requests from adults immediately.’
- ‘With Mimi he was expected to be neatly groomed, dutiful and obedient.’
- ‘Commanded to sit by Sir Walter, the women are all obedient acquiescence.’
- ‘Children are expected to be obedient and to show respect for their elders.’
- ‘Even grown men are expected to take orders from their mothers, expected to be obedient till the day they die.’
- ‘Like an obedient servant, who follows his master's commands, the young ones always go with the mother.’
- ‘Make me like in mind to you, as an obedient child, meek and still.’
- ‘Row after row of white tennis shoes sit upright on foot spikes like pristine, obedient soldiers standing to attention.’
- ‘We have been taught to be obedient to authorities and not to think for ourselves much.’
- ‘No one knows what to make of her because she seems so obedient.’
- ‘Noriko reached into her miniature satchel and retrieved the requested item like an obedient nurse in an operating theatre.’
- ‘Sometimes, he turns me into a child and I become shy and obedient.’
- ‘Since when did her quiet, passive, obedient brother ever command anyone?’
- ‘Iain has encouraged me to share this with you and since I'm such an obedient wife…’
- ‘This seems to be, in many ways, a question of one law for the them, and one for the obedient puppy, excepting for some salient cases.’
- ‘Dee believed the Angels to be obedient servants of God, submissive to the authority of Christ.’
- ‘Her daughters also read spiritual works and were obedient to their mother.’
- ‘Other people enjoy the dance of the fingers across an obedient keyboard.’
- ‘Of course, every American is not always ignorant, hypocritical and obedient.’
your obedient servant
dated A formula used to end a letter.
- ‘We beg to remain, sirs, your obedient servant… the England cricket team.’
- ‘I have the honour to remain, Ma'am, your obedient servant,’
- ‘They all signed off any official communication to any ordinary citizen with, ‘I am your obedient servant.’’
- ‘It was an age when letters routinely ended with formulae like ‘I beg to remain your obedient servant’ although the writer had no wish to do anything of the kind.’
- ‘As your obedient servant, I acquired both products and have been testing them ever since.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin oboedient- ‘obeying’, from the verb oboedire (see obey).
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