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obedience: Meaning and Definition of

o•be•di•ence

Pronunciation: (?-b?'d?-uns), [key]
? n.
  1. the state or quality of being obedient.
  2. the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
  3. a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, esp. ecclesiastical.
    1. conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
    2. the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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