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

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