Origin of supine
Examples from the Web for supine
In effect, an overreaching administration and a supine FISC are ginning up a secret constitution.
On closer examination, this is not the hand of a supine victim.The Crime of Kufr Qaddoum: An EmergencyStandWithDavidMonitor Animal Rights Division Expose|Eli Valley|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Suddenly the bell rang out, and the supine teamsters, galvanizing into life, jumped to their seats.The Boy Scouts Book of Stories|Various
He sat beside her, at once moved and detached from her weakness, gently holding her supine hand.Cytherea|Joseph Hergesheimer
They thought he was too supine with his father; that he ought to stand up to him more.The Black Opal|Katharine Susannah Prichard
So supine in defence of the liberties of the state are a people who have not yet obtained liberty for themselves!Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Or they are indifferent and supine, and not to be amused, do what you will.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2)|Eliza Lynn Linton
British Dictionary definitions for supine
adjective (suːˈpaɪn, sjuː-, ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
noun (ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
Word Origin for supine
Word Origin and History for supine
c.1500, from Latin supinus "turned or thrown backwards, inactive, indolent," related to sub "under" (see sub-). The grammatical use for "Latin verbal noun formed from the past participle stem" is from Late Latin supinum verbum "supine verb," perhaps so called because, though furnished with a noun case ending, it "falls back" on the verb.