Definitions for subservientsəbˈsɜr vi ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•ser•vi•entsəbˈsɜr vi ənt(adj.)

  1. serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.

  2. servile; excessively submissive; obsequious.

  3. useful in promoting a purpose or end.

Origin of subservient:

1625–35; < L subservient-, s. of subserviēns, prp. of subservīre to subserve ; see -ent

sub•ser′vi•ent•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subservient(adj)

    compliant and obedient to authority

    "editors and journalists who express opinions in print that are opposed to the interests of the rich are dismissed and replaced by subservient ones"-G. B. Shaw

  2. implemental, instrumental, subservient(adj)

    serving or acting as a means or aid

    "instrumental in solving the crime"

  3. slavish, subservient, submissive(adj)

    abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

    "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become submissive and subservient"

Wiktionary

  1. subservient(Adjective)

    Useful in an inferior capacity.

  2. subservient(Adjective)

    Obsequiously submissive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subservient(adj)

    fitted or disposed to subserve; useful in an inferior capacity; serving to promote some end; subordinate; hence, servile, truckling

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