Main meanings of obsequent in English

: obsequent1obsequent2

obsequent1

Pronunciation /ˈɒbsɪkw(ə)nt/ /ɒbˈsiːkw(ə)nt/

adjective

rare
  • Compliant, yielding, obedient; deferential, servile.

    Webster's inclusion of the term might be taken to suggest continuous use from the mid 17th century and the 19th, but the word is apparently unattested in this period and is recorded in neither Bailey (1770) nor Richardson (1836); compare etymological note s.v. obsequience.

Origin

Early 16th century. From classical Latin obsequent-, obsequēns compliant, yielding, use as adjective of present participle of obsequī to follow or comply with.

Main meanings of obsequent in English

: obsequent1obsequent2

obsequent2

Pronunciation /ˈɒbsɪkw(ə)nt/ /ɒbˈsiːkw(ə)nt/

adjective

Geology
  • 1Of a stream, stream valley, or drainage pattern: having a course or character opposite to that of a consequent stream, stream valley, or drainage pattern, i.e. against the direction of dip of the strata.

  • 2Of a fault-line scarp or related feature: having (as a result of differential erosion) a relief the reverse of that originally produced by the faulting.

noun

Geology
  • An obsequent stream.

Origin

Late 19th century. From ob- + -sequent.