AskDefine | Define docile

Dictionary Definition

docile adj
1 willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed; "the docile masses of an enslaved nation" [ant: stubborn]
2 ready and willing to be taught; "docile pupils eager for instruction"; "teachable youngsters" [syn: teachable]
3 easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient" [syn: gentle]

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English

Etymology

Latin docilis, from docere 'teach'.

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˈdəʊ.sail/ or /ˈdɒ.saɪl/, /'d@UsaIl/
  • italbrac US /ˈdɑːsəl/ or /ˈdɑːsaɪl/

Adjective

  1. Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.
  2. Ready to accept instruction or direction.

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

yielding to control
accepting instructions

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. docile.

Italian

Adjective

  1. docile.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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