|Origin:||, present participle of subservire 'to serve, be subservient', from servire 'to serve'|
always obeying another person and doing everything they want you to do - used when someone seems too weak and powerless
Don remained entirely subservient to his father.
His wife refused to accept a traditional subservient role.
less important than something else [= subordinate]
the rights of the individual are made subservient to the interests of the state
—subservience noun [uncountable]