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 for obedience
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obedience \O*be"di*ence\, n. [F. ob['e]dience, L. obedientia,
     oboedientia. See Obedient, and cf. Obeisance.]
     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.
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              Government must compel the obedience of individuals.
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     2. Words or actions denoting submission to authority;
        dutifulness. --Shak.
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     3. (Eccl.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by
            a prior.
        (c) One of the three monastic vows. --Shipley.
        (d) The written precept of a superior in a religious order
            or congregation to a subject.
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     Canonical obedience. See under Canonical.
     Passive obedience. See under Passive.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Priory \Pri"o*ry\, n.; pl. Priories. [Cf. LL. prioria. See
     Prior, n.]
     A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; --
     sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and
     called also cell, and obedience. See Cell, 2.
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     Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the
           prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as
           independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where
           the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior
           was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.
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     Alien priory, a small religious house dependent on a large
        monastery in some other country.
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     Syn: See Cloister.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with
           respect to another person [syn: obedience, obeisance]
           [ant: disobedience, noncompliance]
      2: the trait of being willing to obey [ant: disobedience]
      3: behavior intended to please your parents; "their children
         were never very strong on obedience"; "he went to law school
         out of respect for his father's wishes" [syn: obedience,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "obedience":
     Quakerism, acceptance, accommodation, accord, accordance,
     acquiescence, adaptability, adaptation, adaption, adjustment,
     agreeability, agreeableness, agreement, amenability, assent,
     complaisance, compliance, conformance,
     conformation other-direction, conformity, congruity, consent,
     consistency, conventionality, correspondence, deference, docility,
     dutifulness, flexibility, harmony, homage, humbleness, humility,
     keeping, kneeling, line, malleability, meekness, nonopposal,
     nonopposition, nonresistance, nonviolent resistance, obeisance,
     observance, orthodoxy, passive resistance, passiveness, passivity,
     pliancy, quietism, reconcilement, reconciliation, resignation,
     resignedness, respect, respectfulness, strictness, subjection,
     submission, submissiveness, submittal, subservience, supineness,
     tractability, traditionalism, uncomplainingness, uniformity,

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