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OBEDIENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obedience mean? 

OBEDIENCE (noun)
  The noun OBEDIENCE has 3 senses:

1. the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
2. the trait of being willing to obey
3. behavior intended to please your parents

  Familiarity information: OBEDIENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBEDIENCE (noun)


Sense 1obedience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

obedience; obeisance

Hypernyms ("obedience" is a kind of...):

compliance; submission (the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obedience"):

truckling (the act of obeying meanly (especially obeying in a humble manner or for unworthy reasons))

Antonym:

disobedience (the failure to obey)


Sense 2obedience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being willing to obey

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("obedience" is a kind of...):

flexibility; tractability; tractableness (the trait of being easily persuaded)

Attribute:

obedient (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority)

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obedience"):

submissiveness (the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.)

Antonym:

disobedience (the trait of being unwilling to obey)


Sense 3obedience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Behavior intended to please your parents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

obedience; respect

Context examples:

their children were never very strong on obedience / he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes

Hypernyms ("obedience" is a kind of...):

filial duty (duty of a child to its parents)


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