O*be"di*ence(?), n. [F. obdience, L. obedientia, oboedientia. See Obedient, and cf. Obeisance.] 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.
Government must compel the obedience of individuals.Ames.
2. Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.
(Eccl.) (a) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic
obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope. (b) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior. (c) One of the three monastic vows.
Shipley. (d) The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.
Canonical obedience. See under Canonical. --
Passive obedience. See under Passive.
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