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subservience

[ suhb-sur-vee-uhns ]
/ səbˈsɜr vi əns /
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noun
the fact of serving in a subordinate position or role:There is no hierarchy, no dominance or subservience of any member, in this vision of the faith community.
a servile or excessively submissive quality or manner:Was I so weak that a child could reduce me to this fawning subservience—without will, without character?
the fact or quality of being useful, or the state of being used, to promote a certain purpose or end:Popular nationalists decried Irish subservience to British commercial interests, and promised to strengthen economic sovereignty.
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Sometimes sub·ser·vien·cy [suhb-sur-vee-uhn-see] /səbˈsɜr vi ən si/ .

Origin of subservience

First recorded in 1645–55; subservi(ent) + -ence
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