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
These liberals had legitimate reasons for opposing America’s Communist Party, which was subservient to Stalin and included an espionage wing that worked with Russian intelligence.
As civilization proceeded and small-scale hunter-gatherer societies gave way to urban elites and subservient rural populations, pet keeping entered a completely new phase.
While that may have happened in certain instances, does the first female presidential nominee of a major party believe that women are that ... subservient?
Tillerson resented appearing subservient to the 37-year-old, who had no foreign-policy experience.
The Senate poll was only contested by three other parties, two of them marginal factions widely understood as subservient to the ruling party.
There's some attempt to do city portraiture, some nods to the state of police-community relations in a post-Ferguson world and some critique of the challenges faced by returning veterans, all subservient to the show's genre switching.
In organizations, bullies often kiss up and kick down, presenting a charming, even subservient facade to senior managers and displaying attacking or intimidating behavior toward peers.
These conversations should also address — and question — socially and culturally ingrained male dominant and female subservient roles.
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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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