se·​qua·​cious si-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce sequacious (audio)
archaic : subservient, tractable
: intellectually servile
sequaciously adverb
sequacity noun

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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.

Word History


Latin sequac-, sequax inclined to follow, from sequi

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sequacious was in 1643


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“Sequacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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