One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, relating to, or characterized by obedience, especially to God or the Church.
2Scottish Law. Of an obligation: arising by operation of law rather than out of a contract.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Irland (c1440–1495), theologian. From post-classical Latin obedientialis, adjective and noun from classical Latin oboedientia + -ālis.
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