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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 Obey.] Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command. [1913 Webster] And floating straight, obedient to the stream. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The chief his orders gives; the obedient band, With due observance, wait the chief's command. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Dutiful; respectful; compliant; submissive. [1913 Webster]