subservient [s uh b- sur-vee- uh nt] Examples Word Origin serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate. servile; excessively submissive; obsequious: subservient persons; subservient conduct. useful in promoting a purpose or end. Origin of subservient 1625–35;
present participle of
), equivalent to
-ent -ent Related forms sub·ser·vi·ence, sub·ser·vi·en·cy, noun sub·ser·vi·ent·ly, adverb un·sub·ser·vi·ent, adjective un·sub·ser·vi·ent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for subserviency Historical Examples of subserviency
But she doesn't understand the
subserviency of Englishmen to their elders.
There comes a sense of
subserviency and subordination that can not be thrown off.
Some of his
subserviency was immediately put into his pocket.
This unquestionably involved a
subserviency of the beautiful in music.
A spirit of
subserviency is not favorable to the growth of the highest qualities. British Dictionary definitions for subserviency obsequious in behaviour or attitude serving as a means to an end a less common word for subordinate (def. 2) Derived Forms subserviently, adverb subservience or subserviency, noun Word Origin for subservient
C17: from Latin
subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve
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Word Origin and History for subserviency adj.
1630s, "useful, serviceable," from Latin
subservientem (nominative subserviens), present participle of subservire "assist, lend support," from sub "under" (see sub-) + servire "serve" (see serve). The meaning "slavishly obedient" is first recorded 1794.
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