• WordNet 3.6
    • n obedience behavior intended to please your parents "their children were never very strong on obedience","he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
    • n obedience the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
    • n obedience the trait of being willing to obey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obedience (Eccl) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.
    • Obedience (Eccl) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope.
    • Obedience (Eccl) One of the three monastic vows.
    • Obedience The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control. "Government must compel the obedience of individuals."
    • Obedience (Eccl) The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.
    • Obedience Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obedience The act or habit of obeying; dutiful compliance with a command, prohibition, or known law and rule prescribed; submission to authority: as, to reduce a refractory person to obedience.
    • n obedience Words or action expressive of reverence or dutifulness; obeisance.
    • n obedience A collective body of those who adhere to some particular authority: as, the king's obedience; specifically, the collective body of those who adhere or yield obedience to an ecclesiastical authority: as, the Roman obedience, or the churches of the Roman obedience (that is, the aggregate of persons or of national churches acknowledging the authority of the Pope).
    • n obedience Eccles.: A written precept or other formal instrument by which a superior in a religious order communicates to one of his dependents any special admonition or instruction.
    • n obedience In Roman Catholic monasteries, any ecclesiastical and official position, with the estate and profits belonging to it, which is subordinate to the abbot's jurisdiction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Obedience ō-bē′di-ens state of being obedient: willingness to obey commands: dutifulness: the collective body of persons subject to any particular authority: a written instruction from the superior of an order to those under him: any official position under an abbot's jurisdiction
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “True obedience is true freedom.”
  • Mary Caroline Richards
    “It is for each of us freely to choose whom we shall serve, and find in that obedience our freedom.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.”
  • Bible
    “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. obédience, L. obedientia, oboedientia,. See Obedient, and cf. Obeisance


In literature:

But her brain refused to work obediently to her will.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Faith is obedience, and faith produces obedience.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Then I saw for the first time how he maintained obedience and discipline in his company.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Peace was only to be obtained by obedience.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
What nature offers, obedience to nature, that is truth.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
In all, obedience to the law of God is required.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
To know how to command obedience is a very different thing from making men obey.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Your obedient humble servant, JAMES SAUMAREZ.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
He clearly was entitled to her obedience on such a point.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The link between Redemption and Holiness is Obedience.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray

In poetry:

When our obedient bands have done
A thousand works of righteousness,
We put our trust in God alone,
And glory in his pardoning grace.
"Psalm 4" by Isaac Watts
But hear ye this, ye sons of men!
They that bear rule, and are obeyed,
Unto a rule more strong than theirs
Are in their turn obedient made.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Thus shall we serve Thee, gracious Lord!
And walk obedient to Thy Word;
And live, and love, and hope, and sing,
Redemption to our God and King!
"Hymn "Lord, condescend to bless us now"" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
At last, my wishes to fulfil, They did their power resign,
I saw her, but I wish I still
Had been obedient to their will,
And they not unto mine.
"Songs Set To Music: 23. Set" by Matthew Prior
They are obedient to their blood,
Nor ask a sign,
Save buoyant air and swelling bud,
At hands divine,
But choose, each in the barren wood,
His valentine.
"Valentine" by John Charles McNeill
Unto the gloomy realms of endless woe,
None but the very worst of human-kind
Shall ever with the wily tempter go,
Who serv'd not God with an obedient mind.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

' Obedience ' For Early Readers.
Obedient plant brings happiness as it lures butterflies and bees.
It starts with our obedience to God.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZHow to Turn a Bad-to-the-Bone Dog Into an Obedient Pooch.
' Obedient Wives Club' Irks Some Muslims In Malaysia.
Malaysia ' obedient wives' club: Good sex is a duty.
Augie misses the love, harmony and safety that should compensate our obedience .
More photos of obedience training.
Nevertheless, plenty of CEOs dream of simple obedience .
People mostly do what they're asked and lack of obedience is not a significant leadership problem.
If all you want is obedience , get a robot.
" Obedience is just too simple," Krawchuk told me.
Collaboration is key to avoiding obedience .
With Ieyasu in control, peace settles over Japan, and a new society based on the samurai ethics of obedience and loyalty is established.
I didn't have input when it came to being obedient to my parents.

In science:

In the weak-coupling limit, each oscillator tends to be obedient to its intrinsic frequency and makes the system disordered in phase and/or frequency.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies
Note that this choice of propagator differs slightly from those given elsewhere [16, 21], but it was asserted in that the additional terms are necessary to ensure periodicity and obediance to the equations of motion.
Noncommutativity from the string perspective: modification of gravity at a mm without mm sized extra dimensions
As a minim um requirement the jamming function Qjam (~ri ) should ensure touching grains, and obedience to Newton’s force laws. ~ri denotes the particle positions in the system and W (~ri ) is the volume function de fining the volume associated with ea ch grain (see below).
Theory of random packings
Finally, even though the single-quadrature classical noise channels B1 (a), a 6= 0 [B1 (0) is the identity channel] are not quantum-limited, we deal with them briefly in Section VII just to bring out the fact that this case too is obedient to the general computational scheme presented in Section II.
Operator-sum Representation for Bosonic Gaussian Channels
The colony was behaving like an intelligent organism, in some respects not so different from he himself, who functioned thanks to the cells of his body – each with the same genome, like the ants – cooperating through the obedience to relatively simple rules.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems