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Standard Definition

[n] 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"
[n] the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
[n] the trait of being willing to obey


obeisance - (3 syllables), respect - (2 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\O*be"di*ence\, n. [F. ob['e]dience, 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. --Shak.
3. (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}.