Docile

Pronunciation: [ dos-uhl ]


Definition: adjective

ready to accept control or instruction; submissive

Origin: Late 15th century; Latin


Etymology: from Latin docilis, from docere ‘teach’


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • compliant

  • obedient

  • pliant

  • dutiful

  • willing

  • passive

Antonyms:

  • determined

  • inflexible

  • headstrong

  • intractable

  • opinionated

Example: The puppy had the perfect temperament—happy and docile.

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