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Definition 1: willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where docile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the docile masses of an enslaved nation

(docile is similar to ...) very docile

"tame obedience" "meek as a mouse"

(docile is similar to ...) like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity

(docile is similar to ...) inclined to yield to argument or influence or control

"a timid yielding person"

(means also ...) dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

"an obedient soldier" "obedient children" "a little man obedient to his wife" "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"

(means also ...) easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

"tractable young minds" "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"

Definition 2: easily handled or managed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where docile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a gentle old horse, docile and obedient

Synonyms for docile in the sense of this definition

(docile is similar to ...) brought from wildness into a domesticated state

"tame animals" "fields of tame blueberries"

Definition 3: ready and willing to be taught - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where docile or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • docile pupils eager for instruction
  • teachable youngsters

Synonyms for docile in the sense of this definition

(docile is similar to ...) easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

"tractable young minds" "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"

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