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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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In the years and decades following the original passage of the 1934 Act, Congress would continue to subserviently renew its abdication of powers to the president.
If they are perceived as blocking out local opinion, and responding subserviently to directives from London and Brussels, then you might not expect to inspire a high turnout on voting day.
We did get to observe how different the work ethics in Hollywood are when compared to Indian cinema which we rather subserviently refer to as 'Bollywood'.
Respondents from both groups who expressed a neutral opinion or dissatisfaction with clinical dental hygiene selected as many of the following reasons as were applicable to them: repetitive procedures, limited scope of practice, being treated subserviently, lack of promotional opportunities and other.
"Kim and Chang acts subserviently to big-money clients and that trickles down to its rank and file lawyers," Hwang said, referring to the belated disclosure of the beating and cursing of Kim and Chang rookie lawyers by Hanwha Chairman Kim Seung-youn's son during a meal out together.
The only countervailing force to the asymmetry of power relations in the region is the soft power of legal and metalegal pressure that the Philippines has shown to be capable of exerting, but has subserviently surrendered for short-term gains.
As she drops on all fours to pick up folders he's too busy to move, she resembles him in the episode in which he subserviently fetched drinks, blissfully giving for his own sexual gratification.
Can we really say that those who do not choose to leave or who actively choose to continue to live subserviently do so voluntarily?
From my standpoint, the United States, from time to time, sacrifices its partners, especially those subserviently genuflecting to the world power.
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).