compliance, dutifulness, observance, respect, respectfulness, tractability, conformity or conformance, yielding, conformability, adaptability, agreement, agreeability, agreeableness, acquiescence, submissiveness, submission, subservience, docility, passiveness, passivity:
The abbot demanded unquestioning obedience with regard to every rule of the monastic order.
absolute, complete, total
He demands absolute obedience from his men.
| blind, passive, unquestioning
VERB + OBEDIENCE
demand, exact, expect | owe
All clergy owed obedience to their superior.
| pledge, swear
in ~ to
She acted in passive obedience to her boss's directions.
| ~ to
The slaves had to swear obedience to their masters.
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