Origin of subservient
Examples from the Web for subservient
After World War II, there was a long phase in which central banks were subservient to governments.Carmen Reinhart on Why the Central Bankers Will Eventually Be Tempted to Inflate|Megan McArdle|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was basically to be a quiet, subservient Rent-a-Housewife.Illegal New York Poker Clubs: A Former Waitress Reveals What Goes on Inside|Sara Copeland|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
By 1996, they had been happily married for nearly eight years, but she found herself slipping back into subservient wife mode.
Asian girls are subservient, obedient, and bred for male pleasure.
Here, in Scotland, surrounded by subservient friends and well–trained servants, he longed for rest.The Message|Louis Tracy
But this is not the case, since consideration and reflection no less than hearing are subservient to comprehension.The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya|Translator: George Thibaut
He 337 had been subservient to Nicholas, extravagantly amused to learn of the trick that had been played.Antony Gray,--Gardener|Leslie Moore
But even upon these we have improved, and nowadays, our whole social organisation is subservient to detection.The House by the Church-Yard|J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The beautiful parts, the embellishments of chivalry, were subservient to his ambition.The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)|Charles Mills
British Dictionary definitions for subservient
Word Origin for subservient
Word Origin and History for subservient
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.