Definition of docile in English:



  • Ready to accept control or instruction; submissive.

    ‘a cheap and docile workforce’
    ‘she's a black Labrador, gentle and docile’
    • ‘Fortunately he turned out to be remarkably docile and highly trained.’
    • ‘She has become more docile and sleepy in her old age, although sometimes she still gets a burst of energy, which is wonderful.’
    • ‘They look like teddy bears, they are very docile and friendly, don't have escapologist tendencies and are quite small.’
    • ‘You can be solitary and courageous, also docile and diplomatic when needed.’
    • ‘If this is not done, those of us who call ourselves citizens will in reality be nothing more than docile instruments in the hands of distant powers.’
    • ‘It was hoped by employers that the new working class would be more docile and amenable than the old.’
    • ‘They turned to run, but the creatures seemed docile and did not attack.’
    • ‘While the Greek press is far from docile, it has generally been extremely supportive of the Games.’
    • ‘They are a very docile animal which in itself favours them to herd owners.’
    • ‘The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.’
    • ‘However, Adrian points out that even the most docile, harmless household pet can turn into a monster.’
    • ‘This must have been what happened in England because we became docile servants of the Normans and fought their wars for them.’
    • ‘One of the scientists said that when he fed the chemical to lab rats, they would become completely meek and docile.’
    • ‘Next morning, I joined a walking ride and the cowboys, or wranglers, as they call them here, gave me a very docile horse.’
    • ‘Just about anyone who was not entirely docile and subservient to the ruling ethos could be locked up for life.’
    • ‘The goats are tiny and docile, and suffer well the pats and pokes of oversugared junior Americans.’
    • ‘But those who had the guts to get close say that both the horses are docile and riding them is a wonderful experience.’
    • ‘It's going to be tough finding a dog as placid and docile as Sue, in fact, I don't think we will ever see the likes of her again.’
    • ‘Everyone who has ever been to the city's squares or parks will remember the lovely and docile pigeons.’
    • ‘Others in the queue were excited primary school children, waiting in a surprisingly docile and patient way.’
    compliant, obedient, pliant, dutiful, willing, passive, submissive, deferential, tame, meek, mild, lamblike, unassertive, unresisting, yielding, cooperative, amenable, accommodating, biddable, persuadable, ductile, manageable, controllable, tractable, malleable, manipulable, easily manipulated, easily handled, like putty in one's hands
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘apt or willing to learn’): from Latin docilis, from docere ‘teach’.