from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority.
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- adj. Willing to comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of those in authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Obeying or willing to obey; submissive to authority, control, or constraint; dutiful; compliant.
- Correspondent; subject.
- Synonyms Compliant. See obedience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
Second, it gave the Jews a reason to remain obedient to the priestly leaders.
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views.
This revolutionary change has, not surprisingly, been opposed by many elements that are recalcitrant, those who remain obedient to dogma, to tradition and the heavy legacy of past conditioning.
` No, no, 'I answered; ` if the ship was going down, and you had to take your chance in one of the boats, which would you choose, the one manned by those fellows you anathematise, or with the men you call obedient sons of the Church?'
I call it obedient patience because he was patient with an eye to his Father's will, thus pleading with himself, This commandment have I received of my Father, and thus submitting to God, Not as I will, but as thou wilt.
As the good Spirit works that which is good in obedient souls, so this evil spirit works that which is evil in wicked men; and he now works, not only heretofore, but even since the world has been blessed with the light of the glorious gospel.
The subjects didn't want to shock the other person, they just felt compelled to follow orders and remain obedient.
If you try to keep people totally dependent and obedient, that is slavery.
Maester Luwin to Little and Big Walder: "He's a goodhearted lad, dutiful and obedient, which is more than I can say for either of you."
Persian army are for the most part ignorant and inefficient, while the soldiers are described as obedient, sober, intelligent and capable to endure great fatigue.