- easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
- readily trained or taught; teachable.
Origin of docile
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Examples from the Web for docility
He wanted purity, docility, absolute devotion to her husband—and plump white arms.The Man Who Tried to Raise a Wife
April 19, 2013
Nature has provided for this by evolving the instinct of docility.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He helped his sister with blind love and docility in her household duties.The Secret Agent
He had been early trained to gentleness, docility, and goodness.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
The team was purely American—that is to say, almost human in its intelligence and docility.American Notes
This secret of success was was only to be won by the development of a temper, a spirit of docility.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
- rare ready to learn; easy to teach
Word Origin and History for docility
1550s, from French docilité (15c.), from Latin docilitatem (nominative docilitas), from docilis (see docile).
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.