Supine meaning

so͝opīn, so͝o-pīn
Lying on the back or having the face upward.
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The definition of supine is laying on the back facing upward or showing a feeling of indifference.

An example of a supine action is someone lying on her back.

An example of a supine reaction is not caring when someone is injured.

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In Latin grammar, a verbal noun used in only a few syntactic constructions and occurring in only two cases, an accusative in -tum or -sum and an ablative in -tū or -sū. The accusative form of the supine is sometimes considered to be the fourth principal part of the Latin verb.
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Lying on the back, face upward.
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With the palm upward or away from the body.
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(old poet.) Leaning or sloping backward.
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Mentally or morally inactive; sluggish; listless; passive.
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A Latin verbal noun formed from the stem of the past participle and having only an accusative and an ablative form.
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An infinitive in English preceded by to.
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Lying on its back, reclined.
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Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined.
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Negligent; heedless; listless; lethargic; indifferent.
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(grammar) A type of verbal noun.
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Having the palm upward. Used of the hand.
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Marked by or showing lethargy, passivity, or blameworthy indifference.
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Origin of supine

  • Middle English supin Latin verbal noun from Late Latin supīnum (verbum) (verb) lying on its back, (verb) going back neuter of Latin supīnus upo in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English supin, from Latin supinum, supinus. Grammatical meaning is from the phrase supinum verbum.

    From Wiktionary