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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or characteristic of a slave or slavery; servile: Her slavish devotion to her job ruled her life.
  • adj. Showing no originality; blindly imitative: a slavish copy of the original.

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  • adj. in the manner of a slave; abject

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to slaves; such as becomes or befits a slave; servile; excessively laborious

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting slaves; servile; base: as, slavish fears; a slavish dependence on the great.
  • Lacking originality or due independence.
  • Like that of a slave; servile; consisting of drudgery and laborious toil: as, slavish service.
  • Enslaved; oppressed.
  • Synonyms Cringing, obsequious, fawning, groveling.—3. Drudging, menial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. blindly imitative
  • adj. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

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