servile: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sûr'vil, -vīl), [key]
— adj.
  1. slavishly submissive or obsequious; fawning: servile flatterers.
  2. characteristic of, proper to, or customary for slaves; abject: servile obedience.
  3. yielding slavishly; truckling (usually fol. by to).
  4. extremely imitative, esp. in the arts; lacking in originality.
  5. being in slavery; oppressed.
  6. of, pertaining to, or involving slaves or servants.
  7. of or pertaining to a condition of servitude or property ownership in which a person is held as a slave or as partially enslaved: medieval rebellions against servile laws.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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