To follow rules and laws is to obey. This verb is used when describing activity related to behavior.
- Steve obeys the law when he drives his car.
- Helen doesn’t obey the law when she drives. She often gets pulled over by the police.
- Obeying the law is not that hard to do.
- Do you obey the speed limit when you drive?
- If you obey the rules of this company, you’ll do well; if you don’t obey the rules, you’ll get fired.
- Joan obeyed her diet for as long as possible, but she couldn’t stick with it and regained the weight she lost.
- Timmy didn’t obey his mother, so he was punished.
- You should obey your parents.
The word "obedient" is an adjective:
- Juan and Hilda have very well-mannered and obedient children.
- The owner of the company appreciates having obedient employees who do what they are asked to do.
- The boy was sent to the principal’s office for being disobedient. (The prefix "dis" forms the opposite meaning.)
The word "obedience" is a noun:
- The girl was praised for her obedience to her parents.
- Obedience is a virtue.
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This page was first published on July 17, 2012. It was updated on March 17, 2015.