Definition of docile in English:


Line breaks: do¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊsʌɪl




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.


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

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