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Definition easily led or 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 led or managed
  • I don't know," he said; his voice had a sound of helpless docility.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This request was complied with, and the hunter stood by the side of the pallet, submitting to the wishes of the girl with the docility of a child.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Then you must crush his manlike tendencies and make of him the docile beast you want.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • She sat docile as a doll, with the occasional quiver breaking her stillness.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • The main thing must be to keep the patients clean and docile — drugs will be a help — and their relatives admiring and satisfied.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • They were like all children—sometimes docile and sometimes wayward.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • She looks at me, attentive and docile as she's always been.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • DAISY takes BERENGER'S arm; he allows himself to be led docilely.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Thus her silence of docility was misinterpreted.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Then he rips the nightshirt off and flings it over the mule's head, and it becomes docile at once.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • It was for your docility that I most esteemed you.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Pa had followed docilely into the field.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • 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
  • Some one both pathetic and admirable in his docility.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He walked across the docile bridge to meet his grinning roommate once again.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Perhaps this explained their docility.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Whether Noirtier understood the young man's indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • And Nellie followed docilely after him.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • She met that criticism as her temperament dictated, with docility and diffidence, or with anger and emphasis.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own

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