Simple Definition of docile
: easily taught, led, or controlled
Examples of docile
In the course of a single month, from Annie's arrival to her triumph in bridling the household despot, Helen [Keller] had grown docile, affectionate, and tirelessly intent on learning from moment to moment. —Cynthia Ozick, New Yorker, 16 & 23 June 2003
Africanized honeybees look like the European honeybees now commonly found in our gardens, and like their relatives, they make honey. They are fairly docile when they are foraging, but they defend their nests ferociously. —Lynn Ocone, Sunset, February 1994
His students were docile and eager to learn.
<a docile young pony that went wherever it was led>
Origin of docile
Latin docilis, from docēre to teach; akin to Latin decēre to be fitting — more at decent
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of docile
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