Meaning of obediential in English:


Pronunciation /ə(ʊ)ˌbiːdɪˈɛnʃl/


  • 1Of, relating to, or characterized by obedience, especially to God or the Church.

    Common in 17th century.

  • 2Scots Law
    Of an obligation: arising by operation of law rather than out of a contract.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Irland (c1440–1495), theologian. From post-classical Latin obedientialis, adjective and noun from classical Latin oboedientia + -ālis.