If you always do what you’re told, you can be described as obedient. Authority figures love to have obedient followers.

When you realize that the word obedient comes from a Latin word meaning “to obey,” it’s easy to remember what obedient means. Use obedient to describe someone who knows the rules, toes the line, and follows instructions. The word can refer to people (an obedient student), a group (obedient citizens), or even animals (an obedient dog).

Definitions of obedient

adj dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

“an obedient soldier”
obedient children”
“a little man obedient to his wife”
“the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed”
disposed or willing to comply
inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
capable of being managed or controlled
acquiescent, biddable
willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest
quick to comply
duteous, dutiful
willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
Y2K compliant
prepared to accurately process date and time data between and into the 20th and 21st centuries
willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
manipulable, tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
impervious to correction by punishment
defiant, noncompliant
boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
having undesirable or negative qualities
difficult, unmanageable
hard to control
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward
resistant to guidance or discipline
fractious, recalcitrant, refractory
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
froward, headstrong, self-willed, wilful, willful
habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
refusing to submit to authority
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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