se·​qua·​cious | \ si-ˈkwā-shəs How to pronounce sequacious (audio) \

Definition of sequacious

1 archaic : subservient, tractable
2 : intellectually servile

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Other Words from sequacious

sequaciously adverb
sequacity \ si-​ˈkwa-​sə-​tē How to pronounce sequacity (audio) \ 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.

First Known Use of sequacious

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequacious

Latin sequac-, sequax inclined to follow, from sequi

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The first known use of sequacious was in 1643

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“Sequacious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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