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docile

[dos-uh l; British doh-sahyl] /ˈdɒs əl; British ˈdoʊ saɪl/
adjective
1.
easily managed or handled; tractable:
a docile horse.
2.
readily trained or taught; teachable.
Origin of docile
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin docilis readily taught, equivalent to doc(ēre) to teach + -ilis -ile
Related forms
docilely, adverb
docility
[do-sil-i-tee, doh-] /dɒˈsɪl ɪ ti, doʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. manageable, malleable; obedient.
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  • "As docile as Daisy" might have been a proverb in the neighborhood, so general was this view of her nature.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was not used among his docile Canadians to any such speech as this.

  • She had been a docile pupil, but was incapable of any real progress.

  • But for all that they were docile, contented and, within their limitations, not unhappy.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for docile

docile

/ˈdəʊsaɪl/
adjective
1.
easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
2.
(rare) ready to learn; easy to teach
Derived Forms
docilely, adverb
docility (dəʊˈsɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin docilis easily taught, from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for docile
adj.

late 15c., "easily taught," from Italian or French docile, from Latin docilis "easily taught," from docere "teach" (see doctor). Sense of "obedient, submissive" first recorded 1774.

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