docile

[ dos-uhl ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

ready to accept control or instruction; submissive

Origin + Etymology

from Latin docilis, from docere ‘teach’

Synonyms

  • compliant
  • obedient
  • pliant
  • dutiful
  • willing
  • passive

Antonyms

  • determined
  • inflexible
  • headstrong
  • intractable
  • opinionated

Example

The puppy had the perfect temperament—happy and docile.

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