[ adjective soo-pahyn; noun soo-pahyn ]
/ adjective suˈpaɪn; noun ˈsu paɪn /
lying on the back, face or front upward.
inactive, passive, or inert, especially from indolence or indifference.
(of the hand) having the palm upward.
(in Latin) a noun form derived from verbs, appearing only in the accusative and the dative-ablative, as dictū in mirābile dictū, “wonderful to say.”
(in English) the simple infinitive of a verb preceded by to.
an analogous form in some other language.
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Origin of supine
First recorded in 1490–1500, supine is from the Latin word supīnus lying face up, inactive
OTHER WORDS FROM supinesu·pine·ly, adverbsu·pine·ness, nounun·su·pine, adjective
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How to use supine in a sentence
Besides, there is another explanation for the supineness that is exhibited towards errors of this description.
Of his supineness Pezuela took every advantage, and, having assembled about 4000 men, advanced in the spring upon Potosi.
Perhaps, also, something is due to the difference between Protestant enterprise and Roman Catholic supineness.
But the supineness of England was the opportunity of France.
British Dictionary definitions for supine
adjective (suːˈpaɪn, sjuː-, ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
displaying no interest or animation; lethargic
noun (ˈsuːpaɪn, ˈsjuː-)
grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motionAbbreviation: sup
Derived forms of supinesupinely, adverbsupineness, noun
Word Origin for supine
C15: from Latin supīnus related to sub under, up; (in grammatical sense) from Latin verbum supīnum supine word (the reason for this use is unknown)
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Medical definitions for supine
Lying on the back; having the face upward.
Having the palm of the hand or sole of the foot upward.
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