adjective doc·ile \ˈdä-səl also -ˌsī(-ə)l, especially British ˈdō-ˌsī(-ə)l\

: easily taught, led, or controlled

Full Definition of DOCILE

:  easily taught <a docile pupil>
:  easily led or managed :  tractable <a docile pony>
doc·ile·ly \ˈdä-sə(l)-lē\ adverb
do·cil·i·ty \dä-ˈsi-lə-tē, dō-\ noun

Examples of DOCILE

  1. His students were docile and eager to learn.
  2. <a docile young pony that went wherever it was led>
  3. 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

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

obedient, docile, tractable, amenable mean submissive to the will of another. obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority <obedient to the government>. docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance <a docile child>. tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing <tractable animals>. amenable suggests a willingness to yield or cooperate because of a desire to be agreeable or because of a natural open-mindedness <amenable to new ideas>.
DOCILITY Defined for Kids


adjective doc·ile \ˈdä-səl\

Definition of DOCILE for Kids

:  easily taught, led, or managed <a docile horse>
doc·ile·ly adverb


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