adjective se·qua·cious \si-ˈkwā-shəs\

Definition of sequacious

  1. 1 archaic :  subservient, tractable

  2. 2 :  intellectually servile




play \-ˈkwa-sə-tē\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of sequacious

Latin sequac-, sequax inclined to follow, from sequi

First Known Use: 1643

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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