Obedient Dog
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Difference between Obedient and Assertive

The English language adjectives Obedient and Assertive are similar in meaning, but there are differences as I shall explain, using British English examples. 

Obedient comes from obey (verb). It means doing what someone else (normally someone in power, like a teacher or parent) tells you to.
"I expect all my students to be obedient and behave well in the classroom."
When someone is obedient, they are displaying obedience.
"I took my dog to obedience classes. We both learned a lot!"

Obedient Dog
An Obedient Dog

Assertive comes from assert (verb), meaning to stand up for your own rights and wants.
"My son was quite assertive when he asked his boss for a pay rise."
"Even though the driver was aggressive and rude, I was assertive when challenging the fare."

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