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OBEDIENCE. The performance of a command.
     2. Officers who obey the command of their superiors, having jurisdiction of the subject-matter, are not responsible for their acts. A sheriff may therefore justify a trespass under an execution, when the court has jurisdiction, although irregularly issued. 3 Chit. Pr. 75; Ham. N. P. 48.
     3. A child, an apprentice, a pupil, a mariner, and a soldier, owe respectively obedience to the lawful commands of the parent, the master, the teacher, the captain of the ship, and the military officer having command; and in case of disobedience, submission may be enforced by correction. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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By being tame and obedient and causing no problems we are ignored.
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Don't worry him for money and don't expect a new dress oftener than he offers to buy you one" - Just-unearthed advice for "the obedient wife" from 1895.
It's a delightful traditional ceremony in which the applicants promise "to be obedient unto the Lord Mayor" and "be a tributary to all contributions, taxes, tollages, summons, watch, scot and lot amend all other charges" - in short, pay their council tax!
I try always to be obedient to do the pleasing thing in bed with them I
There she meets Sun Jianxin, a military official's son, and despite her obedient nature, she becomes agonised by an innocent love in a politically distrustful, paranoid society.
The women, who followed up their polygamy club with the launch of the ''Obedient Wives Club'' in June, published ''Seks Islam'' as a guide for their members.
Rose Byrne, who plays bridesmaid Helen, advised: "Be obedient to the bride and start saving for your dress."
Summary: A group of Malaysian Muslim women say they will fight divorce, domestic violence and other problems -- by appealing to wives to be more obedient, one of the group's organizers said Friday.
Alsadr said in a statement issued on Saturday "The Thursday parade raised our heads high and showed that the people obedient to his religious leaders."