From 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.
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         And floating straight, obedient to the stream. --Shak.
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         The chief his orders gives; the obedient band,
         With due observance, wait the chief's command. --Pope.
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   Syn: Dutiful; respectful; compliant; submissive.
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