docile

[ dos-uhl; British doh-sahyl ]
/ ˈdɒs əl; British ˈdoʊ saɪl /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. docetism,
  2. docg,
  3. doch-an-doris,
  4. doch-an-dorrach,
  5. docherty,
  6. docilely,
  7. docility,
  8. docimacy,
  9. dock,
  10. dock worker

Origin of docile

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

SYNONYMS FOR docile
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 docilely

docile

/ (ˈdəʊsaɪl) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for docile

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

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Word Origin and History for docilely

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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