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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or characteristic of a slave or slavery; servile.
  • adjective Showing no originality; blindly imitative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective in the manner of a slave; abject

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

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

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