docile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj docile willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed "the docile masses of an enslaved nation"
    • adj docile easily handled or managed "a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
    • adj docile ready and willing to be taught "docile pupils eager for instruction","teachable youngsters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Docile Disposed to be taught; tractable; easily managed; as, a docile child. "The elephant is at once docible and docile ."
    • Docile Teachable; easy to teach; docible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • docile Teachable; easily taught; quick to learn; amenable.
    • docile Tractable; easily managed or handled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Docile dō′sīl or dos′il teachable: ready to learn: easily managed—(obs.) Doc′ible
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Quotations

  • Michel Foucault
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    “The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. docilis,fr. docere, to teach; cf. Gr. , and L. discere, to learn, Gr. learned, knowing: cf. F. docile,. Cf. Doctor Didactic Disciple
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. docilisdocēre, to teach.

Usage

In literature:

Clive was not the most docile of Mr. Gandish's pupils.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Plank came docilely from his Dutch Reformed church to sit beside Leila.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
MALTRAVERS found Alice as docile a pupil as any reasonable preceptor might have desired.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Yet, though taciturn, uncaressing, undemonstrative, she appeared mild and docile.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
So hie thee back, and tell thy chief to make his proffer true, And he shall find a docile son, and ye a saint in Rou.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Her docile, yielding temper, her generous, self-immolating spirit, came back to his memory, to refute the idea that wronged her.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
All husbands are not as docile and easily led as I am.
"Tales of Daring and Danger" by George Alfred Henty
So gentle, so modest, so timid, so docile.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
I though him the most docile of human beings, and that I had gained over him an entire influence.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
The bear I led was a docile little cub, and danced to my piping very readily.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
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In poetry:

To the ranch they did do where Pete hollered "whoa."
Then asked the boss what he'd pay—
"My mount is docile fer I've rode her a mile,
And we're a-huntin' a job today."
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
A don't know why I acted so;
I had no thought, no plot, no plan.
I did not really mean to go -
I'm such a docile little man;
But suddenly I felt that I
Must change my life or I would die.
"The Mystery Of Mister Smith" by Robert W Service
A peasant had a docile bear,
A bear of manners pleasant,
And all the love she had to spare
She lavished on the peasant:
She proved her deep affection plainly
(The method was a bit ungainly).
"The Confidant Peasant And The Maladroit Bear" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
We see Him in the work-shop shed
With Joseph, wise and good,
Obedient to His guardian’s word,
Docile and meek of mood;
The Mighty Lord of Heaven and Earth
Toiling like one of lowly birth.
"Our Saviour’s Boyhood" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Your herdsmen twigs and fagots bring,
With prey of birds and beasts for food.
Your sheep, untouched by evil thing,
Approach, their health and vigor good.
The herdsman's waving hand they all behold,
And docile come, and pass into the fold.
"The Condition Of King Seuen's Flocks" by Confucius
Her languid pulses thrill with sudden hope,
That will not be forgot nor cast aside,
And life in statelier vistas seems to ope,
Illimitably lofty, long, and wide.
What doth she know? She is subdued and mild,
Quiet and docile "as a weaned child."
"Epochs" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

I am generally docile and sedentary, but get me next to someone funny with a mischievous streak and some sort of switch goes off inside me, and our Wonder Twin powers activate.
A once- docile agency finally shows its fangs.
Homes sought for retired racers who are sleek outside, docile inside.
Sam the Record Man dies at 92. Notable deaths in TV 2012, A-M. Beijing's 'aim is to make people docile '.
Husband's Helper Wanted-Must Be Docile and Energetic.
Once both domesticated and docile, animals were subject to further human manipulation so they could become more serviceable, or edible, or beautiful – to humans.
Bees are the most docile at that time.
Cows are typically docile.
ProPublica documents JPMorgan Chase's extensive ties to a docile Senate Banking Committee.
It is a rather unfortunate fact of living as human: we are not the calm, docile animals of peace that we would always like to be.
One of our cats, the fat white one, is extremely docile.
A Rockwall cat so docile he went on walks with his owner was shot in the head last week, losing an eye.
Despite the scary reputation associated with rattlesnakes , this docile display is typical of the massasauga, which is the only venomous snake species native to Michigan and northern Indiana.
According to the book, eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are small and relatively docile.
His charm, sincerity, and inherent reasonableness count for little in a hard region where leaders almost everywhere rule at the point of a gun, and where the docile and the weak are bullied or destroyed by the ruthless.
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