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DOCILE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does docile mean? 

DOCILE (adjective)
  The adjective DOCILE has 3 senses:

1. willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
2. ready and willing to be taught
3. easily handled or managed

  Familiarity information: DOCILE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOCILE (adjective)


Sense 1docile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed

Context example:

the docile masses of an enslaved nation

Similar:

meek; tame (very docile)

sheepish; sheeplike (like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity)

yielding (inclined to yield to argument or influence or control)

Also:

obedient (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority)

manipulable; tractable (easily managed (controlled or taught or molded))

Antonym:

stubborn (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)


Sense 2docile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ready and willing to be taught

Synonyms:

teachable; docile

Context examples:

docile pupils eager for instruction / teachable youngsters

Similar:

manipulable; tractable (easily managed (controlled or taught or molded))


Sense 3docile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easily handled or managed

Synonyms:

docile; gentle

Context example:

a gentle old horse, docile and obedient

Similar:

tame; tamed (brought from wildness into a domesticated state)


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