Definition of obedience :
1. A cell ( or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.
2. 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.
3. One of the three monastic vows.
4. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.
5. The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.
6. Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.
observation, give-and-take, biddability, amenableness, compliancy, integrity, keeping, cooperation, tractability, bow, regard, legalism, resist, esteem, amenability, tractableness, bowing, abidance, respectfulness
conformity (part of speech: noun)
obedience (part of speech: noun)
compliance (part of speech: noun)
affirmation, agreement, obeisance, concurrence, compliance, conformity, acquiescence, deference, fealty, respect, willingness, fulfillment, capitulation, resignation, genuflection, conformance, submissiveness, assent, homage, observance, servility, submission, surrender, meekness, acceptance, consent, adherence
piety (part of speech: noun)
fidelity, devoutness, religiousness, prayerfulness, dogmatism, cultism, sanctification, piousness, sanctimoniousness, solemnity, superstitiousness, worshipfulness, dutifulness, piety, holiness, Christianity, reverence
subordination (part of speech: noun)
servility (part of speech: noun)
- The Jesuits gave the South American Indian the greatest measure of peace and justice he ever enjoyed, but they reduced him to blind obedience and made him a tenant and a servant. - "The South American Republics Part I of II", Thomas C. Dawson.
- Don't let any wife think that she will satisfy her husband by perfect obedience. - "The Bertrams", Anthony Trollope.
- Obedience was not his strong point. - "The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories", E. M. Forster.