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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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  • She is tired of patience and gentleness and docility.
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  • They breed for docility and production, not cold-hardiness.
  • The unions' earlier militancy is the main reason for their relative docility today.
  • Skiers reportedly take to the new lineup for loading with the docility of majorettes ready for a parade.
  • Calculation rather than docility explains this forbearance.
  • But they also tend to bully their boards into meek docility.
  • Submissive behavior is also pronounced in dogs, but dogs more readily transfer their docility to other humans.
  • Their prompt and successful efforts, their docility and grateful attention, promised soon to reward their teachers.
British Dictionary definitions for docility

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 docility
n.

1550s, from French docilité (15c.), from Latin docilitatem (nominative docilitas), from docilis (see docile).

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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