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



BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvaɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvl//
, NAmE//ˈsɜːrvaɪl//
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wanting too much to please somebody and obey them Parents have no right to demand servile obedience from their children. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘suitable for a slave or for the working class’): from Latin servilis, from servus ‘slave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: servile