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docile

[ dos-uhl; British doh-sahyl ]
/ ˈdɒs əl; British ˈdoʊ saɪl /
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Definition of docile

adjective
easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
readily trained or taught; teachable.
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Origin of docile

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin docilis “readily taught,” equivalent to doc(ēre) “to teach” + -ilis adjective suffix (see -ile)

OTHER WORDS FROM docile

doc·ile·ly, adverbdo·cil·i·ty [do-sil-i-tee, doh-], /dɒˈsɪl ɪ ti, doʊ-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for docile

docile
/ (ˈdəʊsaɪl) /

adjective
easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
rare ready to learn; easy to teach

Derived forms of docile

docilely, adverbdocility (dəʊˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for docile

C15: from Latin docilis easily taught, from docēre to teach
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