Definition of Docile

1. Adjective. Willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed. "The docile masses of an enslaved nation"

Also: Obedient, Manipulable, Tractable
Similar to: Meek, Tame, Sheepish, Sheeplike, Yielding
Derivative terms: Docility
Antonyms: Stubborn



2. Adjective. Ready and willing to be taught. "Teachable youngsters"
Exact synonyms: Teachable
Similar to: Manipulable, Tractable
Derivative terms: Teach, Teach

3. Adjective. Easily handled or managed. "A gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
Exact synonyms: Gentle
Similar to: Tame, Tamed
Derivative terms: Docility

Definition of Docile

1. a. Teachable; easy to teach; docible.

Definition of Docile

1. Adjective. Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management. ¹

2. Adjective. Ready to accept instruction or direction. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Docile

1. easily trained [adj] : DOCILELY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Docile

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doby
docent
docents
docetaxel
docetic
docetism
docetist
docetists
dochmiac
dochmii
dochmius
docht
docible
docibleness
docile (current term)
docilely
docileness
dociler
docilest
docilities
docility
docimacy
docimastic
docimasy
docimology
docity
dock
dock-cress
dock-walloper

Literary usage of Docile

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1. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"Gentle, indifferent, and subdued, In all but this unmoved he viewed Each outward change of ill and good: But Wilfrid, docile, soft, and mild, ..."

2. Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties by Moisei Ostrogorski (1902)
"It is at once a capricious despot and a docile slave. Its mouthpieces and its guides, in order to lead it, are under the necessity of following it; ..."

3. History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880: Negroes as Slaves by George Washington Williams (1883)
"THE NEGRO NOT so docile AS SUPPOSED.—THE REASON WHY HE WAS KEPT is BONDAGE.— NEGROES POSSESSED COURAGE BUT LACKED LEADERS. — INSURRECTION or SLAVES. — GEN. ..."

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