Definitions for subservientsəbˈsɜr vi ənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sub•ser•vi•entsəbˈsɜr vi ənt(adj.)
serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
servile; excessively submissive; obsequious.
useful in promoting a purpose or end.
Origin of subservient:
1625–35; < L subservient-, s. of subserviēns, prp. of subservīre to subserve ; see -ent
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
implemental, instrumental, subservient(adj)
serving or acting as a means or aid
"instrumental in solving the crime"
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"
Useful in an inferior capacity.
fitted or disposed to subserve; useful in an inferior capacity; serving to promote some end; subordinate; hence, servile, truckling
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