from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Ready and willing to be taught; teachable.
- adj. Yielding to supervision, direction, or management; tractable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.
- adj. Ready to accept instruction or direction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Teachable; easy to teach; docible.
- adj. Disposed to be taught; tractable; easily managed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Teachable; easily taught; quick to learn; amenable.
- Tractable; easily managed or handled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily handled or managed
- adj. ready and willing to be taught
- adj. willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
I think that the term "docile" is the term that troubles me most.
You are to remain docile while in transit to the holding facility.
Every policy discussed to date has as its objective feeding people where they are and forcing them to remain docile, even when and if starving, by armed forces.
Her eyes had never wandered from his face; she had stood in docile wise looking at him and answering his questions and listening, won by the commentary she read in his face on what her friend was saying.
-- but I have always associated the word docile with cows.
As Nicholls puts it, Kauto Star, normally known as a docile and placid beast, is "mad fresh, really well in himself", having been brought to peak fitness for today's King George VI Chase at Kempton, which he has dominated over the past four years.
They seem to have been a somewhat negative people, generally described as docile, gentle, generous, and indolent.
For the man with one leg, it is to be said that he is more docile, which is to be desired.
As he leads the hounds on he will cheer and encourage them, addressing with many a soft term the docile creature, the self-willed, stubborn brute more rarely, and to a moderate extent the hound of average capacity, till he either succeeds in running down or driving into the toils some victim.
He believed the fluoride in drinking water was there to render the masses more docile, which is why he wouldn't drink from a tap.