- subservient (adj.)
- 1630s, "useful, serviceable," from Latin subservientem (nominative subserviens), present participle of subservire "assist, serve, come to the help of, lend support," from sub "under" (see sub-) + servire "serve" (see serve (v.)). The meaning "slavishly obedient" is first recorded 1794. Related: Subserviently.
- 1. She is expected to be subservient to her uncle.
- 2. The woman's needs are seen as subservient to the group interest.
- 3. The press was accused of being subservient to the government.
- 4. He was subservient and servile.
- 5. People should not be regarded as subservient to the economic system.
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