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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subservient mean? 

SUBSERVIENT (adjective)
  The adjective SUBSERVIENT has 3 senses:

1. compliant and obedient to authority
2. serving or acting as a means or aid
3. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

  Familiarity information: SUBSERVIENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SUBSERVIENT (adjective)

Sense 1subservient [BACK TO TOP]


Compliant and obedient to authority

Context example:

editors and journalists who express opinions in print that are opposed to the interests of the rich are dismissed and replaced by subservient ones


subordinate (subject or submissive to authority or the control of another)

Sense 2subservient [BACK TO TOP]


Serving or acting as a means or aid


implemental; instrumental; subservient

Context example:

instrumental in solving the crime


helpful (providing assistance or serving a useful function)

Sense 3subservient [BACK TO TOP]


Abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant


slavish; submissive; subservient

Context examples:

slavish devotion to her job ruled her life / a slavish yes-man to the party bosses / she has become submissive and subservient


servile (submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior)

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