obedient
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oboedient-, oboediens, from present participle of oboedire to obey Date: 13th century submissive to the restraint or command of authority ; willing to obey • obediently adverb Synonyms: obedient, docile, tractable, amenable mean submissive to the will of another. obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority <
obedient to the government
>
. docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance <
a docile child
>
. tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing <
tractable animals
>
. amenable suggests a willingness to yield or to cooperate either because of a desire to be agreeable or because of a natural open-mindedness <
amenable to new ideas
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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