subservient

[ suh b-sur-vee-uh nt ]
/ səbˈsɜr vi ənt /

adjective

serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
servile; excessively submissive; obsequious: subservient persons; subservient conduct.
useful in promoting a purpose or end.

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Origin of subservient

1625–35; < Latin subservient- (stem of subserviēns, present participle of subservīre to subserve), equivalent to sub- sub- + servi-, stem of servīre to serve + -ent -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM subservient

sub·ser·vi·ence, sub·ser·vi·en·cy, nounsub·ser·vi·ent·ly, adverbun·sub·ser·vi·ent, adjectiveun·sub·ser·vi·ent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for subservience

subservient
/ (səbˈsɜːvɪənt) /

adjective

obsequious in behaviour or attitude
serving as a means to an end
a less common word for subordinate (def. 2)

Derived forms of subservient

subserviently, adverbsubservience or subserviency, noun

Word Origin for subservient

C17: from Latin subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve
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