- lying on the back, face or front upward.
- inactive, passive, or inert, especially from indolence or indifference.
- (of the hand) having the palm upward.
- (in Latin) a noun form derived from verbs, appearing only in the accusative and the dative-ablative, as dictū in mirābile dictū, “wonderful to say.”
- (in English) the simple infinitive of a verb preceded by to.
- an analogous form in some other language.
Origin of supine
Examples from the Web for supineness
With the supineness of our race most of them force themselves to be satisfied with what comes.The Conquest of Fear
She contrasted them with his own weakness and supineness and degradation.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Raging against her own supineness, she was yet forced into ignoble inactivity.Making People Happy
Evidently they had discovered the two figures on the beach, and wondered at their supineness.The Huntress
Despite the supineness of Washington, the American nation will soon be at war with Spain.The Crossing
- lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
- displaying no interest or animation; lethargic
- grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motionAbbreviation: sup
Word Origin and History for supineness
c.1500, from Latin supinus "turned or thrown backwards, inactive, indolent," related to sub "under" (see sub-). The grammatical use for "Latin verbal noun formed from the past participle stem" is from Late Latin supinum verbum "supine verb," perhaps so called because, though furnished with a noun case ending, it "falls back" on the verb.
- Lying on the back; having the face upward.
- Having the palm of the hand or sole of the foot upward.