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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of subservire 'to serve, be subservient', from servire 'to serve'

subservient

adjective
     
sub‧ser‧vi‧ent
1 always obeying another person and doing everything they want you to do - used when someone seems too weak and powerless
subservient to
Don remained entirely subservient to his father.
subservient role/position
His wife refused to accept a traditional subservient role.
2 formal less important than something else [= subordinate]
subservient to
the rights of the individual are made subservient to the interests of the state
subserviently adverb
subservience noun [uncountable]

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