Meaning of active obedience in English:

active obedience


  • 1Christ's perfect and complete deference to God in carrying out his laws and commands, as distinguished from his suffering and dying on the cross.

  • 2(Voluntary) proactive compliance with the commands of an authority (opposed to passive obedience ).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Perkins (1558–1602), theologian and Church of England clergyman.