Examples of subservient in a Sentence
- Henson and Stowe did become close friends, and Stowe herself drew direct parallels between Uncle Tom and Josiah Henson. Sadder still, the term "Uncle Tom" has since taken on negative, minstrel-show connotations of subservient blacks kowtowing to whites, which is unfortunate, because it undermines the triumph that was Josiah Henson's life. He was no caricature, and his achievements were real. —Will Ferguson, Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw, 2004
- Sally Boysen, a psychologist at Ohio State University, probed the degree to which a chimp's ability to reason is subservient to the animal's desires. —Eugene Linden, Time, 6 Sept. 1999
- That's why many believe that I have the right to preach but not to pastor. For a woman to be a pastor would mean that men would have to submit and be subservient to a woman. —Chryll Crews, Ms., January/February 1998
- As for a "European Europe," allied with but not subservient to the United States, providing for its own defense and diplomacy and practicing detente with Moscow, de Gaulle did not achieve it in his lifetime, but there was at least a beginning. —Stanley Hoffmann, New York Times Book Review, 20 Mar. 1983
She refused to take a subservient role in their marriage.
Recent Examples of subservient from the Web
Solo also mined the original film for plot ideas — the subservient status of droids is a good one! — but fell short in the execution.
Mike Pence believes in 'servant leadership' Pence is loathe to buck the chain of command, Brower writes, which may be one reason why some see him as being too subservient to Trump.
The world has been transformed by the existence of subservient machines that can do anything a human can do and more.
From there, Offred is joined by three other handmaids who laughingly discuss the bleak state-of-affairs that is their new subservient lifestyle.
Think Alexa being subservient and accepting rudeness on the part of the user.
The risks: New sanctions will hurt Iran’s economy, which could cow Iran into a more subservient state.
In this staunchly patriarchal culture, women are often subservient to men.
In this setting, being black meant being hardworking and capable, not subservient.
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How Should You Use subservient?
Since sub- means "below", it emphasizes the lower position of the person in the subservient one. Soldiers of a given rank are always subservient to those of a higher rank; this subservience is symbolized by the requirement that they salute their superior at every opportunity. Women have often been forced into subservient relationships with men. A small nation may feel subservient to its more powerful neighbor, obliged to obey even when it doesn't want to. So subservience usually brings with it a good dose of resentment.
Synonym Discussion of subservient
- domestic help was expected to be properly subservient
- a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on
- the slavish status of migrant farm workers
- waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities
SUBSERVIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subservient for English Language Learners
: very willing or too willing to obey someone else
: less important than something or someone else
SUBSERVIENT Defined for Kids
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