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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obedient mean? 

OBEDIENT (adjective)
  The adjective OBEDIENT has 1 sense:

1. dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

  Familiarity information: OBEDIENT used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OBEDIENT (adjective)

Sense 1obedient [BACK TO TOP]


Dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

Context examples:

an obedient soldier / obedient children / a little man obedient to his wife / the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened


acquiescent; biddable (willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest)

Y2K compliant (prepared to accurately process date and time data between and into the 20th and 21st centuries)

duteous; dutiful (willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect)

conformable (quick to comply)


docile (willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed)

manipulable; tractable (easily managed (controlled or taught or molded))

manageable (capable of being managed or controlled)

good (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified)

submissive (inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination)

compliant (disposed or willing to comply)


obedience (the trait of being willing to obey)


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

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