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sub·ser·vi·ent

 (səb-sûr′vē-ənt)
adj.
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.

subservient

(səbˈsɜːvɪənt)
adj
1. obsequious in behaviour or attitude
2. serving as a means to an end
3. a less common word for subordinate2
[C17: from Latin subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve]
subˈserviently adv
subˈservience, subˈserviency n

sub•ser•vi•ent

(səbˈsɜr vi ənt)

adj.
1. serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
2. servile; excessively submissive; obsequious.
3. useful in promoting a purpose or end.
[1625–35; < Latin subservient-, s. of subserviēns, present participle of subservīre to subserve; see -ent]
sub•ser′vi•ence, sub•ser′vi•en•cy, n.
sub•ser′vi•ent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.subservient - compliant and obedient to authority; "editors and journalists who express opinions in print that are opposed to the interests of the rich are dismissed and replaced by subservient ones"-G. B. Shaw
subordinate - subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom"
2.subservient - serving or acting as a means or aid; "instrumental in solving the crime"
helpful - providing assistance or serving a useful function
3.subservient - abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become submissive and subservient"
servile - submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper"; "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

subservient

adjective
1. servile, submissive, deferential, subject, inferior, abject, sycophantic, slavish, obsequious, truckling, bootlicking (informal) Her willingness to be subservient to her children isolated her.
servile bossy, domineering, overbearing, superior, overriding, rebellious, wilful, disobedient, bolshie
2. subordinate, subsidiary, accessory, auxiliary, conducive, ancillary The individual's needs are seen as subservient to the group's.

subservient

adjective
1. In a position of subordination:
2. Excessively eager to serve or obey:
Translations

subservient

[səbˈsɜːvɪənt] ADJ
1. [person] (= submissive) → sumiso (pej) (= servile) → servil
to be subservient to sbsometerse a algn
2. (= secondary) → subordinado (to a)

subservient

[səbˈsɜːrviənt] adj
(= servile) → soumis(e)
(= less important) subservient to sth → soumis(e) à qch

subservient

adj (pej)unterwürfig (to gegenüber); (form)unterworfen (→ to +dat)

subservient

[səbˈsɜːvɪənt] adj subservient (to)sottomesso/a (a)
References in classic literature ?
Here, as elsewhere, he was surrounded by an atmosphere of subservience to his wealth, and being in the habit of lording it over these people, he treated them with absent-minded contempt.
It was the soft, amiable Negro voice, like those I remembered from early childhood, with the note of docile subservience in it.
His attitude became one of good-humored subservience and tacit adoration.