One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘women were expected to be decorative and subservient’
submissive, deferential, acquiescent, compliant, accommodating, obedient, dutiful, duteous, biddable, yielding, meek, docile, ductile, pliant, passive, unassertive, spiritless, subdued, humble, timid, mild, lamblike
servile, slavish, grovelling, truckling, self-effacing, self-abasing, downtrodden, snivelling, cowering, cringing
informal under someone's thumb
2‘the rights of the individual are being made subservient to the interests of the state’
subordinate, secondary, subsidiary, peripheral, marginal, ancillary, auxiliary, supplementary, inferior, immaterial
less important than, of lesser importance than, lower than
3‘the whole narration is subservient to the moral plan of exemplifying twelve virtues’
ancillary, subordinate, secondary, supportive
instrumental, contributory, conducive, helpful, useful, advantageous, beneficial, valuable
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