• sequacious
  • audio pronunciation
  • \sih-KWAY-shus\
  • DEFINITION

adjective

: intellectually servile
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Eager to prove that he was not merely a sequacious follower, Mario wrote a critical review of his former mentor's book.

"Fund investors are not simply sequacious followers of yield, but are also responding to the federal government's actions to stabilize the macro-economic environment." — From an article by Matthew Sheahan in High Yield Report, January 12, 2009

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"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.

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