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docile

[dos-uhl; British doh-sahyl]
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adjective
  1. easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
  2. readily trained or taught; teachable.
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Origin of docile

1475–85; < Latin docilis readily taught, equivalent to doc(ēre) to teach + -ilis -ile
Related formsdoc·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

adjective
  1. easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
  2. rare ready to learn; easy to teach
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Derived Formsdocilely, adverbdocility (dəʊˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin docilis easily taught, from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for docile

adj.

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.

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