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



    BrE BrE//səbˈsɜːviənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɜːrviənt//
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  1. 1subservient (to somebody/something) (disapproving) too willing to obey other people The press was accused of being subservient to the government. She did not wish to leave him, but she could not accept her subservient role.
  2. 2subservient (to something) (formal) less important than something else The needs of individuals were subservient to those of the group as a whole. Every consideration was subservient to the overriding need to cut costs.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin subservient- ‘subjecting to, complying with’, from the verb subservire (see sub-, serve).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subservient