Definition of supine
1 : a Latin verbal noun having an accusative of purpose in -um and an ablative of specification in -u
2 : an English infinitive with to
Recent Examples of supine from the Web
Well, sure it’s possible, so long as the supine sleuth has friends like Bo, who digs up the police files for his old boss and drives him around to possible crime scenes.
The most striking figure, at the center of the shot, in the foreground, is supine.
An authoritarian and erratic leader, a chaotic Presidency, a supine legislature, a resistant permanent bureaucracy, street demonstrations, fear abroad: this is what illiberal regimes look like.
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Origin and Etymology of supine
Middle English supyn, from Late Latin supinum, from Latin, neuter of supinus, adjective
Definition of supine
1a : lying on the back or with the face upwardb : marked by supination
2 : exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially : mentally or morally slack
3 archaic : leaning or sloping backward
supinelyplay \su̇-ˈpīn-lē\ adverb
supinenessplay \-ˈpīn-nəs\ noun
Examples of supine in a Sentence
He was lying supine on the couch.
a supine legislature that is afraid to take action
Synonym Discussion of supine
inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work. on inactive status as an astronaut inactive accounts idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements. workers were idle in the fields inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity. inert ingredients in drugs an inert citizenry passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control. passive resistance supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence. a supine willingness to play the fool
SUPINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supine for English Language Learners
: lying on your back with your face upward
: willing to be controlled by others : weak or passive
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