Synonyms & Near Synonyms for recumbent
Antonyms & Near Antonyms for recumbent
Some common synonyms of recumbent are prone, prostrate, and supine. While all these words mean "lying down," recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting.
a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed
While the synonyms prone and recumbent are close in meaning, prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface.
push-ups require a prone position
The words prostrate and recumbent can be used in similar contexts, but prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse.
a runner fell prostrate at the finish line
The words supine and recumbent are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness.
lying supine on the couch
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“Recumbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/recumbent. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.
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