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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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It was following a stint in New York that Obey accepted Gus Giordano's invitation to teach at his summer jazz dance workshop.
For one thing, can you see the wet and wimpish Prince Charmless being forceful enough for anyone to "obey" him?
l The Bishop of Norwich described the bride's decision to promise to "love, honour and obey" her husband as "no big deal".
A shoving match erupted on the House floor yesterday between Republican whip Tom DeLay and the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, David Obey, less than a month after House members held a retreat in hopes of restoring civility to the chamber.
Prior to his election to Congress, Representative Obey served in the Wisconsin State Assembly where he initially was elected at the age of 24 and served seven years.
Along the way, depending on the particular rule string it obeys, the ant often manages to build a sequence of ever larger symmetrical structures before transforming its world into a chaotic jumble or a perpetual highway.
David Obey (D-Wisc.) led the first successful challenge on NLC's highest priority--setting new federal budget priorities to reinvest in America--when the House passed his amendment on July 9 to take $400 million in foreign aid and transfer it into reinvestment in community transportation programs.
At about 8 o'clock Representatives Mike Synar and David Obey, both Democrats, introduced a block of amendments.
' That is why we are calling on our motorists to always obey traffic rules whenever they are driving but unfortunately many people take the traffic rules for granted.
After the recent incident involving a Chinese woman who splashed a cup of soya pudding or 'taho' on a police officer, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Monday reminded Filipinos and foreigners alike to obey local laws.
Summary: Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Sep 11 (ANI): Traffic cop Pratap Chandra Khandwal has an interesting way of making people obey traffic rules.
The accountability watchdog head stressed the importance of obeying the law and said those who do not will be made to obey the law.