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.
- su·pine·ly, adverb
- su·pine·ness, noun
- un·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.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
Of his supineness Pezuela took every advantage, and, having assembled about 4000 men, advanced in the spring upon Potosi.Ponce de Leon | William Pilling
Perhaps, also, something is due to the difference between Protestant enterprise and Roman Catholic supineness.Cedar Creek | Elizabeth Hely Walshe
But the supineness of England was the opportunity of France.History of the War in Afghanistan, Vol. I (of 3) | Sir John William Kaye
I often paralleled her neglect to use them with the supineness of the French Commune in 1871.The Brothers' War | John Calvin Reed
British Dictionary definitions for supine
lying or resting on the back with the face, palm, etc, upwards
displaying no interest or animation; lethargic
grammar a noun form derived from a verb in Latin, often used to express purpose with verbs of motion: Abbreviation: sup
- supinely, adverb
- supineness, noun
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