subservient

[suhb-sur-vee-uhnt]
adjective
1.
serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
2.
servile; excessively submissive; obsequious: subservient persons; subservient conduct.
3.
useful in promoting a purpose or end.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin subservient- (stem of subserviēns, present participle of subservīre to subserve), equivalent to sub- sub- + servi-, stem of servīre to serve + -ent -ent

subservience, subserviency, noun
subserviently, adverb
unsubservient, adjective
unsubserviently, adverb
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subservient (səbˈsɜːvɪənt)
 
adj
1.  obsequious in behaviour or attitude
2.  serving as a means to an end
3.  a less common word for subordinate
 
[C17: from Latin subserviēns complying with, from subservīre to subserve]
 
sub'serviently
 
adv
 
sub'servience
 
n
 
sub'serviency
 
n

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subservient
1632, "useful, serviceable," from L. subservientem (nom. subserviens), prp. of subservire "assist, lend support," from sub "under" + servire "serve." The meaning "slavishly obedient" is first recorded 1794.
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Example sentences
But the days of subservience to the descendants of long lines of nobility have long gone.
And in fact, some nominees had little or no personal integrity except their subservience to the powers that be.
Nevertheless, a proclivity for drink and a subservience to culture-mongering are symptomatic of their self-destructive bent.
Cook's radical vision was at variance with ideas of subservience that the state's white leaders offered.
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