1. dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
; - Example: "an obedient soldier"- Example: "obedient children"- Example: "a little man obedient to his wife"- Example: "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed the refractory remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obedient \O*be"di*ent\, a. [OF. obedient, L. obediens,
oboediens, -entis. p. pr. of obedire, oboedire, to obey. See
Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey;
submissive to restraint, control, or command.
And floating straight, obedient to the stream. --Shak.
The chief his orders gives; the obedient band,
With due observance, wait the chief's command. --Pope.
Syn: Dutiful; respectful; compliant; submissive.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of
those in authority; "an obedient soldier"; "obedient
children"; "a little man obedient to his wife"; "the
obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory
remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke [ant: disobedient]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "obedient":
abject, accepting, accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, adapting,
adaptive, adjustable, adjusting, agreeable, amenable, assenting,
biddable, complaisant, compliable, compliant, complying,
conformable, conforming, conscientious, consenting, deferential,
devoted, docile, duteous, dutiful, ethical, faithful, flexible,
humble, law-abiding, loyal, malleable, meek, moral, nondissenting,
nonresistant, nonresisting, nonresistive, obeisant, observant,
other-directed, passive, plastic, pliant, reconciled, resigned,
respectful, scrupulous, servile, sheeplike, submissive,
subservient, supine, timid, tractable, unassertive, uncomplaining,
unresistant, unresisting, willing, yielding