- Suppliant means asked in a humble manner.
An example of suppliant used as an adjective is "suppliant questioning."
- The definition of a suppliant is a person who asks.
An example of a suppliant is a condemned prison who pleads for his life before the judge.
Origin: Middle English suppliaunt: see suppliantthe
- asking humbly; supplicating; entreating
- expressing supplication: suppliant words
Origin: MFr, prp. of supplier < L supplicare, to supplicate
- suppliantly adverb
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Origin: From Middle English, one who supplicates, from Old French, present participle of supplier, to entreat, from Latin supplicāre; see supplicate.
- supˈpli·ance noun
- supˈpli·ant·ly adverb