[suh b-sur-vee-uh nt]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for subserviently
Nell approached her timidly and spoke softly, lovingly, subserviently.Mistress Nell
George C. Hazelton, Jr.
And yesterday, only yesterday, he would have saluted me subserviently!His Excellency the Minister
On the contrary, he and others of his ilk are most subserviently dependent on them.
I saw also that he was handsome, and I was quite sure he must be rich, or no doctor would wait upon him so subserviently.Winter Evening Tales
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Pedro was approaching them subserviently, a humble, bobbing head betokening his anxiety to please the fine folk.The Ghost Breaker
- obsequious in behaviour or attitude
- serving as a means to an end
- a less common word for subordinate (def. 2)
C17: from Latin subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve
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Word Origin and History for subserviently
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