From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obedience \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.
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            Government must compel the obedience of individuals.
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   2. Words or actions denoting submission to authority;
      dutifulness. --Shak.
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   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.
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   Canonical obedience. See under Canonical.

   Passive obedience. See under Passive.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Priory \Pri"o*ry\, n.; pl. Priories. [Cf. LL. prioria. See
   Prior, n.]
   A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; --
   sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and
   called also cell, and obedience. See Cell, 2.
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   Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the
         prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as
         independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where
         the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior
         was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.
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   Alien priory, a small religious house dependent on a large
      monastery in some other country.
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   Syn: See Cloister.
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