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sequacious

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adjective se·qua·cious \si-ˈkwā-shəs\

Definition of sequacious

  1. 1 archaic :  subservient, tractable

  2. 2 :  intellectually servile

sequaciously adverb
sequacity play \-ˈkwa-sə-tē\ noun


Did You Know?

Sequacious is formed from the Latin sequac-, or "sequax" (which means "inclined to follow" and comes from "sequi," "to follow") and the English "-ious." The original and now archaic meaning of "sequacious" was "inclined to follow" or "subservient." Although that meaning might as easily describe someone who willingly dropped into line behind a war leader, or who was unusually compliant or obedient in any sense, the concept gradually narrowed into the image of someone who blindly adopts ideas without much thought. Labeling a person "sequacious" is not very complimentary, and implies a slavish willingness to adopt a thought or opinion.

Origin of sequacious

Latin sequac-, sequax inclined to follow, from sequi


First Known Use: 1643


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