docile Definition

  • 1ready to accept control or instruction; submissive
  • 2easily taught or trained

Using docile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "docile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The horse was docile and easy to handle.

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    The students were docile and attentive during the lecture.

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    She had a docile personality and rarely disagreed with others.

docile Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for docile

Antonyms for docile

Phrases with docile

  • extremely obedient or submissive


    The new employee was docile as a lamb, always following orders without question.

  • a natural tendency to be obedient or submissive


    The dog's docile disposition made it easy to train.

  • a child who is well-behaved and obedient


    The teacher was pleased to have such a docile child in her class.

Origins of docile

from Latin 'docilis', meaning 'teachable'


Summary: docile in Brief

The term 'docile' [ˈdɑːsaɪl] describes a person or animal that is ready to accept control or instruction, and is easily taught or trained. It is often used to describe a well-behaved or obedient individual, as in 'The students were docile and attentive during the lecture.' 'Docile' can also be used in phrases like 'docile as a lamb,' which means extremely obedient, and 'docile child,' which refers to a well-behaved child.

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