Servile meaning

sûrvəl, -vīl
The definition of servile is someone who is submissive and who is extremely willing to act to please others.

An example of someone who would be described as servile is a person who just does everything others tell her to without question.

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Of a slave or slaves.
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Like that of slaves or servants.

Servile employment.

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Like or characteristic of a slave; humbly yielding or submissive; cringing; abject.
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Held in slavery; not free.
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Of or pertaining to a slave.
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Servile flattery; servile obedience.

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Abjectly submissive; slavish.
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(grammar) Not belonging to the original root.

A servile letter.

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(grammar) Not sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceding vowel, like the e in tune.
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(grammar) An element which forms no part of the original root.
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Origin of servile

  • Middle English from Latin servīlis from servus slave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin servÄ«lis.

    From Wiktionary