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"Unless it should be his gracious pleasure to dispense with obedience," replied Artaphernes.

In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience to law.

He had acted "in obedience to the clear and imperious call of public obligation."

Obedience has regard to the will of a ruler, not to necessity and truth.

She had wept only in the struggle of obedience and the renunciation of passion.

She taught her the duty of obedience and the sin of pride and of passion.

Future obedience, supposing it perfect, could not expiate past offences.

She insisted upon the merit of obedience, although my will were not in it.

It would be happy for you, and for every body else, were your obedience as ready as your wit.

And now, to shew my obedience, have I not offered to live single?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "submission to a higher power or authority," from Old French obedience "obedience, submission" (12c.) and directly from Latin oboedientia "obedience," noun of quality from oboedientem (nominative oboediens); see obedient. In reference to dog training from 1930.

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