Definition of docile in English:

docile

Line breaks: do¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊsʌɪl
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

docilely

Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊsʌɪlli/
adverb
More example sentences
  • How docilely these people have lined up to be photographed!
  • At first, he had docilely complied, but it did not take long before he realized that he had become their favorite toy, and that his ‘supposed debt’ would never be wiped clean.
  • While they docilely accept the demands put forward by the employers, they see their main task as warding off and side-tracking the growth of resistance within the working class.

docility

Pronunciation: /-ˈsɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • Sheep remind people of such qualities as timidity, docility and gentleness in Chinese as well as Western culture.
  • She carried that sour expression on her face as she went out, considering her promise of docility.
  • He uses it as an example to describe how modern societies use similar techniques to control behavior and ensure docility.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'apt or willing to learn'): from Latin docilis, from docere 'teach'.

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