1. The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control. Government must compel the obedience of individuals. (Ames)
3. 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. A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.
One of the three monastic vows.
Origin: F. Obedience, L. Obedientia, oboedientia. See Obedient, and cf.Obeisance.