|n.||1.||The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.|
|2.||Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.|
|3.||(Eccl.) A following; a body of adherents; |
|Noun||1.||obedience - the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person|
|2.||obedience - the trait of being willing to obey|
disobedience - the trait of being unwilling to obey
|3.||obedience - behavior intended to please your parents; "their children were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"|
OBEDIENCE. The performance of a command.
2. Officers who obey the command of their superiors, having jurisdiction of the subject-matter, are not responsible for their acts. A sheriff may therefore justify a trespass under an execution, when the court has jurisdiction, although irregularly issued. 3 Chit. Pr. 75; Ham. N. P. 48.
3. A child, an apprentice, a pupil, a mariner, and a soldier, owe respectively obedience to the lawful commands of the parent, the master, the teacher, the captain of the ship, and the military officer having command; and in case of disobedience, submission may be enforced by correction. (q.v.)