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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oboediēns, oboedient-, present participle of oboedīre, to obey; see obey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin oboediēns, present active participle of oboediō ("obey"). (Wiktionary)

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