(n.) 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.
(n.) One of the three monastic vows.
(n.) The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.
(n.) Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.
(n.) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.
(n.) The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Obedience'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/o/obedience.html. 1828.