Origin of docile
Examples from the Web for docile
She also features a more natural face than the one of docile serenity so often bestowed on the Queen of Heaven.
The middle classes,” Satyarthi once told the BBC, want “cheap, docile labour.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic|Dilip D’Souza|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tabloids demand that Kate Middleton be as docile as Jane Seymour, whose personal motto was “Bound to obey and serve.”
Carrico recalls that the detainees were actually compliant and docile that first day.Terry Carrico, Ex-Guantánamo Prison Commander, Says Facility Should Close|Aram Roston|January 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As a mother—and a former rebellious teen in my own docile way—I know this story is a lot more complicated than the headlines.
So long as the stores were carried in the boats, the Indians had been cheerful and docile, and easy to manage.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado|Frank Aubrey
A horse who is docile and prompt to obey can be guided hither and thither by the slightest movement of the reins.
In captivity they are placid and inoffensive, docile and silent, and shortly after being taken may be suffered to go abroad.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon|Robert A. Sterndale
The children are docile, obedient, and good-natured, and are most amenable to religious principles.
Barres laid the Prophet in her arms, stepped back while Dulcie arranged the docile cat, then retreated to his canvas.The Moonlit Way|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for docile
Word Origin for docile
Word Origin and History for 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.