V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: submissive and obedient, like a servant
Synonyms: groveling, submissive, slavish, obsequious, passive, fawning
Antonyms: honorable, dignified
Tips: Think of the related word servant. Servile describes people who are overly submissive and obedient, like a servant.
The servile assistant obeyed every request from her demanding boss. (obsequious, slavish)
Perhaps if he'd have been a little more servile and did as his boss asked, he never would have lost his job. (submissive)
She refused to kowtow to her boss in a servile manner. (groveling)
I don't want the people to work for me to be servile; I want them to stand up for themselves and express their opinions. (slavish, passive)
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