- easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
- readily trained or taught; teachable.
Origin of docile
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Examples from the Web for docilely
Both of the women now docilely obeyed and aided him, in his heroic self-abnegation.Doctor Pascal
He allowed himself to be docilely herded on to the edge of the pit.Devil Crystals of Arret
Hal K. Wells
He followed her docilely, caring no longer to yield to any other will than hers.Zibeline, Complete
Phillipe de Massa
After supper he was docilely ready to fiddle to the men's dancing.The Blazed Trail
Stewart Edward White
"Whatever you wish," he conceded, docilely as Ira could have spoken.The Game and the Candle
Eleanor M. Ingram
- easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
- rare ready to learn; easy to teach
Word Origin and History for docilely
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.