Definition of docile in English:


Line breaks: do¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊsʌɪl


Ready to accept control or instruction; submissive: a cheap and docile workforce she’s a black Labrador, gentle and docile
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  • If this is not done, those of us who call ourselves citizens will in reality be nothing more than docile instruments in the hands of distant powers.
  • The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.
  • One of the scientists said that when he fed the chemical to lab rats, they would become completely meek and docile.
compliant, obedient, pliant, dutiful, willing, passive, submissive, deferential, tame, meek, mild, lamblike, unassertive, unresisting, yielding, cooperative, amenable, accommodating, biddable, persuadable, ductile, manageable, controllable, tractable, malleable, manipulable, easily manipulated, easily handled, like putty in one's hands
informal , dated milky


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



Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊsʌɪlli/
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈsɪlɪti/
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  • 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.

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