• (British) IPA: /ə(ʊ)ˈbiːdɪəns/


  1. The quality of being obedient.
    Obedience is essential in any army.
    • Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Cautioning Nobs to silence, and he had learned many lessons in the value of obedience since we had entered Caspak, I slunk forward, taking advantage of whatever cover I could find...
  2. The collective body of persons subject to any particular authority.
  3. A written instruction from the superior of an order to those under him.
  4. Any official position under an abbot's jurisdiction.
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