American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Subordinate in capacity or function.
- adj. Obsequious; servile.
- adj. Useful as a means or an instrument; serving to promote an end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Useful as an instrument or means to promote an end or purpose; serviceable; being of service.
- Acting as a subordinate instrument; fitted or disposed to serve in an inferior capacity; subordinate; hence, of persons and conduct, truckling; obsequious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fitted or disposed to subserve; useful in an inferior capacity; serving to promote some end; subordinate; hence, servile, truckling.
- adj. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant
- adj. serving or acting as a means or aid
- adj. compliant and obedient to authority
- Latin subserviēns, subservient-, present participle of subservīre, to subserve; see subserve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“December 14th, 2008 at 6: 23 pm yes zakaria is what i would call in urdu a chudoo, politely translated to 'subservient' - just towing the official line. have you ever heard of someone saying at the introduction”
“The author is Delhi based Research Scholar in International Studies and can be reached at December 14th, 2008 at 6: 23 pm yes zakaria is what i would call in urdu a chudoo, politely translated to 'subservient' - just towing the official line. have you ever heard of someone saying at the introduction”
“- Source: Jack Straw: Muslim courts will ALWAYS remain subservient to English law, James Slack, Daily Mail (UK), Oct. 30, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog”
“The way I interpret the word subservient my answer is no, I do not think subservience is equivalent to respect.”
“Women, however, have conventionally been known as subservient and so the muscular look has never been a popular one toned, maybe, but certainly not muscular.”
“You will never know your true power (of the Force) as long as you remain subservient.”
“Of course, what actually happens is that the writer runs things and the cartoonists are subservient, which is definitely a problem -- but I don't think the problem is with the actual presence of a writer.”
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