in a humbly patient or quiet manner:When addressing a lawyer during oral arguments, the judge often starts meekly with, "Counsel, may I interrupt?"
in an overly submissive or compliant manner:Not knowing what we were getting into, we meekly agreed.
- o·ver·meek·ly, adverb
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How to use meekly in a sentence
Tom has been buried so deep under his wife’s thumb for three seasons that the idea that he would do anything but meekly accept their machinations seemed ludicrous to me.Where Succession Can Go From Here After the Season 3 Finale | Andrew R. Chow | December 13, 2021 | Time
In terms of inclusion, it very meekly nudged the status quo by hiring one autistic person for the supporting cast and one for the social media team, but that was the extent of autistic inclusion in the show’s autistic story.Atypical Fell Short as Both Autistic Representation and Entertainment. At Least It Was Eclipsed During Its Own Time | Sarah Kurchak | July 16, 2021 | Time
The vast majority of elected Republicans have demonstrated their cravenness by falling meekly into line.
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem | Danielle Belton | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
Devastated and utterly embarrassed, I meekly raised my hand.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nothing edifies Davis in the film apart from his music, but even that is conveyed meekly.
Surely the party can tolerate a few midlevel leaders, especially younger ones, meekly supporting the policy.Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever | Michael Tomasky | August 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A pimply-faced office boy elbowed him out of it and the man turned away meekly.
Tom meekly did as he was bid, but in his heart there raged the passions of a demon, and he swore Mark Grafton should die.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
It made me smile to remember how mature Patsy had been when I meekly ran her errands and gladly wore her yoke in the old days.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
I call the Most High to witness—she submitted to all my demands meekly, as though she were no eaglet, but a tethered lamb!God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
For the rest he studied early and late, and experienced the doubtful glory, and accepted meekly the reproach, of being a grind.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson