Pronunciation: (ō-bē'dē-uns), [key]
1. the state or quality of being obedient.
2. the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.
3. a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, esp. ecclesiastical.
4. Chiefly Eccles.
a. conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.
b. the rule or authority that exacts such conformance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.