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docile

[dos-uh l; British doh-sahyl] /ˈdɒs əl; British ˈdoʊ saɪl/
adjective
1.
easily managed or handled; tractable:
a docile horse.
2.
readily trained or taught; teachable.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin docilis readily taught, equivalent to doc(ēre) to teach + -ilis -ile
Related forms
docilely, adverb
docility
[do-sil-i-tee, doh-] /dɒˈsɪl ɪ ti, doʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. manageable, malleable; obedient.
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  • They flee in panic, wander aimlessly in shock, or comply docilely with the recommendations of authorities.
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British Dictionary definitions for docilely

docile

/ˈdəʊsaɪl/
adjective
1.
easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
2.
(rare) ready to learn; easy to teach
Derived Forms
docilely, adverb
docility (dəʊˈsɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin docilis easily taught, from docēre to teach
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Word Origin and History for docilely

docile

adj.

late 15c., "easily taught," from Italian or French docile, from Latin docilis "easily taught," from docere "teach" (see doctor). Sense of "obedient, submissive" first recorded 1774.

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