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subservient

[ suhb-sur-vee-uhnt ]
/ səbˈsɜr vi ənt /
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adjective

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

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Origin of subservient

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin subservient- (stem of subserviēns, present participle of subservīre “to serve as a subordinate”; see subserve), equivalent to sub- prefix meaning “under, below, beneath, etc.” + servi-, stem of servīre “to serve” + -ent noun and adjective suffix; see sub-, serve, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM subservient

sub·ser·vi·ence [suhb-sur-vee-uhns], /səbˈsɜr vi əns/, sub·ser·vi·en·cy [suhb-sur-vee-uhn-see], /səbˈsɜr vi ən si/, 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 subservient

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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