[ dos-uhl; British doh-sahyl ]
/ ˈdɒs əl; British ˈdoʊ saɪl /
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OTHER WORDS FOR docile
1 manageable, malleable; obedient.
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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 dociledoc·ile·ly, adverbdo·cil·i·ty [do-sil-i-tee, doh-], /dɒˈsɪl ɪ ti, doʊ-/, noun
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How to use docile in a sentence
Louis the Goon went along, looking neither to right nor left, docilely intent on minding his own business.
The figure turned, and docilely started back, the movements so lithe and swift a moment ago, now mechanical.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
Then the two captains turned in, for the Ethel and May lay to docilely with a single helmsman at the wheel.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
Dolly muttered something about people who were too particular, but rewrote her menu docilely.Living on a Little|Caroline French Benton
Docilely Christopher followed him into the street where amid surging crowds they hailed the bus and began rolling up the avenue.Christopher and the Clockmakers|Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for docile
/ (ˈdəʊsaɪl) /
easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
rare ready to learn; easy to teach
Derived forms of dociledocilely, adverbdocility (dəʊˈsɪlɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for docile
C15: from Latin docilis easily taught, from docēre to teach
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