[suh b-sur-vee-uh nt]
- serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
- servile; excessively submissive; obsequious: subservient persons; subservient conduct.
- useful in promoting a purpose or end.
Origin of subservient
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Examples from the Web for subserviency
But she doesn't understand the subserviency of Englishmen to their elders.
There comes a sense of subserviency and subordination that can not be thrown off.Usury
Some of his subserviency was immediately put into his pocket.Poor Folk in Spain
This unquestionably involved a subserviency of the beautiful in music.Verdi: Man and Musician</p>
Frederick James Crowest
A spirit of subserviency is not favorable to the growth of the highest qualities.The Galaxy, June 1877
- obsequious in behaviour or attitude
- serving as a means to an end
- a less common word for subordinate (def. 2)
C17: from Latin subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve
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Word Origin and History for subserviency
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