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Definition of docile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

docile

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈdəʊsaɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːsl//
 
 
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quiet and easy to control a docile child/horse Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘apt or willing to learn’): from Latin docilis, from docere ‘teach’.Extra examples The animal looked remarkably docile. It is a cheap and docile workforce. They stood in the queue, docile and long-faced. They’re a pretty docile type of dog. a docile child/​horse/​temperament
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