- the state or quality of being subservient
- subservient behavior or manner; obsequiousness; servility
Subservience is the state of being submissive.
An example of subservience is always agreeing to everything your spouse says and never standing up for yourself or expressing your own opinion.
- The state of being subservient.
- Here congregated hundreds of the younger szlachta, fresh from their school benches, whence they brought nothing but a smattering of Latin and a determination to make their way by absolute subservience to their "elder brethren," the pans.
- Corruption seems to be very rare, but instances of subservience to powerful political groups sometimes shake public confidence.
- Calculating on his loyal subservience, James appointed his brother-in-law, Lord Clarendon, to succeed Ormonde.
- Here, as elsewhere, he was surrounded by an atmosphere of subservience to his wealth, and being in the habit of lording it over these people, he treated them with absent-minded contempt.
- As the bishops had helped to free them from subservience to their feudal masters, so the war of investitures relieved them of dependence on their bishops.