Adjective "docile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Ready to accept control or instruction; submissive.
  1. 'she's a black Labrador, gentle and docile'
  2. 'Everyone who has ever been to the city's squares or parks will remember the lovely and docile pigeons.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Next morning, I joined a walking ride and the cowboys, or wranglers, as they call them here, gave me a very docile horse.'
  5. 'One of the scientists said that when he fed the chemical to lab rats, they would become completely meek and docile.'
  6. 'Others in the queue were excited primary school children, waiting in a surprisingly docile and patient way.'
  7. 'They are a very docile animal which in itself favours them to herd owners.'
  8. 'However, Adrian points out that even the most docile, harmless household pet can turn into a monster.'
  9. 'The drive was superb, tight, controllable, plenty of power but docile as a kitten after a big meal when simply pootling along.'
  10. 'While the Greek press is far from docile, it has generally been extremely supportive of the Games.'
  11. 'The goats are tiny and docile, and suffer well the pats and pokes of oversugared junior Americans.'



1. easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.

2. readily trained or taught; teachable.

More examples(as adjective)

"vehicles can be docile in traffics."

"people can be docile with people."

"bodies can be docile to orders."

"people can be docile."

"parliaments can be docile."

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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘apt or willing to learn’): from Latin docilis, from docere ‘teach’.