Synonyms & Antonyms of subservient

2 having a less important role, job, or place as something else
  • The employees used to build things by hand but now were subservient to automated equipment that handled much of production.

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subservient, servile, slavish, obsequious mean showing or characterized by extreme compliance or abject obedience. subservient implies the cringing manner of one very conscious of a subordinate position. domestic help was expected to be properly subservient servile suggests the mean or fawning behavior of a slave. a political boss and his entourage of servile hangers-on slavish suggests abject or debased servility. the slavish status of migrant farm workers obsequious implies fawning or sycophantic compliance and exaggerated deference of manner. waiters who are obsequious in the presence of celebrities

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The first known use of subservient was circa 1626

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“Subservient.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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