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Definition easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
  • It is a gentle old horse, docile and obedient.
docile = easily led or managed
  • Under the dictatorship, people are expected to be docile.
  • docile = submissive
  • She was promised docile pupils eager for instruction.
  • docile = well-behaved
  • The sleddogs are docile and trainable.
  • docile = easily led and managed
  • Did you think I'd remain a docile pup, wagging my tail and licking the foot that kicks me?
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • docile = easily led or managed
  • Despite their appearance, they are actually quite docile.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • docile = easily managed
  • As the days went by, other dogs came, in crates and at the ends of ropes, some docilely, and some raging and roaring as he had come;
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • docilely = in an easily managed manner
  • From my infancy I was noted for the docility and humanity of my disposition.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • docility = tendency to behave
  • He looked vulnerable, pitiably bewildered, almost harmless. Like someone who had accepted without a sigh of protest the indignities life had doled out to him. Some one both pathetic and admirable in his docility.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • docility = submissiveness and acceptance
  • She had built that business, with all those people working for her, and it dwarfed my father's business, and all the other businesses in the whole town; she, that docile woman, had a power in her the rest of us couldn't contemplate.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • I did not like to play with Third Wife's daughters, who were as docile and dull as their mother.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • Still dazed, Hannah accepted the miracle and the prospect of a journey like a docile child.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • docile = easily led or managed
  • And miraculously — inexplicably — the snake slumped to the floor, docile as a thick, black garden hose, its eyes now on Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • docile = easily managed
  • [We] show them all the tricks that can save them from death. They listen, they are docile—but when it begins again, in their excitement they do everything wrong.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • docile = easily managed
  • Given all the signs that a massacre had been imminent, it seems likely that the commanders had been awaiting instruction on whether or not to carry it out, and had wanted to keep the men docile in case the answer was affirmative.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • docile = easily led or managed
  • Aziza watched the proceedings with a docile look.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • Sighing, Kit glanced over the docilely bent heads of her charges toward the open doorway, and as she did so a sudden motion caught her attention.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • docilely = in the manner of people who are easily managed
  • A slower, more docile version for our park?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • docile = easily managed
  • Mariam remembered the first time she had seen his eyes, under the wedding veil, in the mirror, with Jalil looking on, how their gazes had slid across the glass and met, his indifferent, hers docile, conceding, almost apologetic.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • I don't know," he said; his voice had a sound of helpless docility.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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