subserviently

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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