Definition of subservience
1 : a subservient or subordinate place or function
2 : obsequious servility
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On the sideline, Alessandro Di Battista, a party leader, said the era of Italian subservience to the United States was over.
Scruggs’s look at the way subservience is enforced—partly by the oppressed themselves, brainwashed into acceptance—is disquieting, to say the least.
Usually, however, a male will yield to the stronger challenger, often showing subservience by grooming or making a coughing sound.
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