Obedience is behavior that's respectful and mindful of rules and laws. Parents, teachers, and cops all appreciate obedience.

If you have a dog, you might have taken it to obedience school. Trainers help teach dogs obedience — obeying commands and showing good behavior. For a dog, obedience consists of things like shaking and lying down on command, coming when called, and going to the bathroom outside. People demonstrate obedience when they follow the law, and kids show obedience when they obey their parents and teachers. Obedience is respectful.

Definitions of obedience
  1. noun
    the trait of being willing to obey
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    the trait of being unwilling to obey
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    the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.
    obsequiousness, obsequy, servility, subservience
    abject or cringing submissiveness
    passiveness, passivity
    submission to others or to outside influences
    the quality of obedient submissiveness
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    flexibility, tractability, tractableness
    the trait of being easily persuaded
  2. noun
    the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
    synonyms: obeisance
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    disobedience, noncompliance
    the failure to obey
    the act of obeying meanly (especially obeying in a humble manner or for unworthy reasons)
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    compliance, submission
    the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another
  3. noun
    behavior intended to please your parents
    “their children were never very strong on obedience
    synonyms: respect
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    filial duty
    duty of a child to its parents
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