obedience: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ō-bē'dē-uns), [key]
— n.
  1. the state or quality of being obedient.
  2. the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
  3. a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, esp. ecclesiastical.
    1. conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
    2. the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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