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The word 'obedient' often has a positive meaning, showing approval for following rules or directions. SlideHer obedient nature made her a favorite among her teachers.
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Not Always GoodPlay
'Obedient' can be negative if it suggests someone is too willing to follow orders without thinking. SlideHe was so obedient that he never questioned the unfair rules.
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When used for animals, 'obedient' gives them human-like qualities, called anthropomorphism. SlideThe obedient parrot recited phrases on cue.