Oblige vs Obedient - What's the difference?

oblige | obedient |

As a verb oblige

is .

As an adjective obedient is

willing]] to [[comply#verb|comply with the (l), orders, or (l) of those in authority.




  • To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
  • I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
    {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , Tho' he was some time awake before me, yet did he not offer to disturb a repose he had given me so much occasion for; but on my first stirring, which was not till past ten o'clock, I was oblig'd to endure one more trial of his manhood.}}
  • To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).
  • He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
  • *
  • To be indebted to someone.
  • I am obliged to you for your recent help.
  • To do a service or favour.
  • The singer obliged with another song.

    Derived terms

    * disoblige

    Usage notes

    "Obliged" has largely replaced "obligate"; the latter being more common in the the 17th through 19th centuries.The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)





    Alternative forms

    * (qualifier)


    (en adjective)
  • Willing]] to [[comply#Verb, comply with the (l), orders, or (l) of those in authority.
  • Jessica was so intensely obedient of her parents that her brother sometimes thought she was a robot.


    * (l) * (l)


    * disobedient * dominant