docile


docile
docile (adj.) late 15c., "easily taught," from It. or Fr. docile, from L. docilis "easily taught," from docere "teach" (see DOCTOR (Cf. doctor)). Sense of "obedient, submissive" first recorded 1774.

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  • docile — [ dɔsil ] adj. • 1495; lat. docilis, de docere « enseigner » 1 ♦ Vieilli Docile à. Qui a de la disposition à céder, à obéir. Élève, écolier docile à ses maîtres, aux leçons de ses maîtres. « Soumis et docile à la critique quand elle lui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • docile — DOCILE. adj. des 2 genr. Qui est propre à recevoir instruction, ou qui a de la disposition à se laisser conduire et gouverner. Naturel docile. Esprit docile. Humeur docile. Enfant docile. Un homme fort docile aux leçons de son maître. Docile au… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • docile — DOCILE. adj. de tout genre. Qui est propre à recevoir instruction, ou qui a de la disposition à se laisser conduire & gouverner. Naturel docile. esprit docile. humeur docile. enfant docile. un homme fort docile …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Docile — Doc ile, a. [L. docilis,fr. docere to teach; cf. Gr. ?, and L. discere to learn, Gr. ? learned, ? knowing: cf. F. docile. Cf. {Doctor}, {Didactic}, {Disciple}.] 1. Teachable; easy to teach; docible. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Disposed to be taught; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • docile — index facile, malleable, obedient, obsequious, passive, patient, pliable, pliant, sequacious …   Law dictionary

  • docile — / dɔtʃile/ agg. [dal lat. docĭlis, der. di docēre insegnare ]. 1. a. [di persona che si piega facilmente alla volontà altrui, anche con la prep. a : un ragazzo d., d indole d. ; essere d. agli avvertimenti ] ▶◀ accondiscendente, cedevole,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • docile — *obedient, biddable, tractable, amenable Analogous words: *compliant, acquiescent: pliant, pliable, adaptable (see PLASTIC): yielding, submitting or submissive (see corresponding verbs at YIELD) Antonyms: indocile: unruly, ungovernable Contrasted …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • docile — [adj] compliant, submissive accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, agreeable, amenable, biddable, childlike, complacent, cool, docious, ductile, easily influenced, easy, easygoing, gentle, governable, humble, laidback, manageable, meek, mellow,… …   New thesaurus

  • docile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ ready to accept control or instruction; submissive. DERIVATIVES docilely adverb docility noun. ORIGIN Latin docilis, from docere teach …   English terms dictionary

  • docile — [däs′əl; ] Cdn & Brit, usually [ dō′sīl΄] adj. [Fr < L docilis, easily taught < docere, to teach: see DECENT] 1. Now Rare easy to teach; teachable 2. easy to manage or discipline; submissive SYN. OBEDIENT docilely adv. docility [dō sil′ə… …   English World dictionary