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1. Subordinate in capacity or function.
2. Obsequious; servile.
3. Useful as a means or an instrument; serving to promote an end.

[Latin subserviēns, subservient-, present participle of subservīre, to subserve; see subserve.]

sub·ser′vi·ence, sub·ser′vi·en·cy n.
sub·ser′vi·ent·ly adv.
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Adv.1.subserviently - in an obsequious manner; "she acts obsequiously toward her boss"


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Many organisations control 'England and Wales' from HQs in England and allow, subserviently, subsidiary 'branch offices' but not equivalent entities, in Wales (eg the National Farmers' Union, the National Trust, Oxfam, RSPCA etc).
His career apprenticeship began modestly and subserviently in Surrey, England, in 1689, as secretary to Sir William Temple, a broadly connected English diplomat and sometime writer.
It's another example of the Premier League running football while the FA sits subserviently by, not wanting to upset the everpowerful clubs.
The problem with this line of reasoning is that claiming griots might occasionally turn their skills against the wealthy admits their de facto position as subserviently aligned with power.
The neo-governmentalism approach should act subserviently to the neo-functionalism on economic and financial stages of integration.
They were not "beseeching railroad managers" or, in other ways, behaving subserviently.
Addressing a public gathering in Rahimyar Khan, the PML-N leader lashed out at the ruling alliance for blatantly flouting the orders of the honourable courts as well as Prime Minister for so subserviently safeguarding Pakistans looted wealth deposited in Swiss banks.
In contrast, the new academic division of labor initiated with the Bologna reform and taken one step further by the "excellence initiative" has subserviently followed the U.