subservient subservient  /səb ˈsɜr vi ənt/


  1. (adj) compliant and obedient to authority
  2. (adj) serving or acting as a means or aid
  3. (adj) abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant


  1. At first, Wang played the role of subservient subject going abroad not for his own sake alone but also for the glory of the motherland.
  2. Here a younger, more flamboyant crime boss strutted through the courtroom, snapping out orders to subservient henchmen, reveling in his new and lethally acquired notoriety.
  3. Sally Boysen, a psychologist at Ohio State University, probed the degree to which a chimp's ability to reason is subservient to the animal's desires.


  • Barbarian Group Wins Inaugural Innovation Lions Grand Prix for Its Cinder Coding Platform

    CANNES, France—Nine years after winning its first Cannes Lion, a gold for Burger King's "Subservient Chicken," The Barbarian Group has secured an even bigger prize: the Grand Prix in the inaugural Innovation Lions contest for a software-development platform it built for creative coders. The platform, Cinder, "provides a powerful, intuitive toolbox for programming graphics, audio, video ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: AdWeek


  1. Asked by BBC Radio how he would judge Blair's support of Bush, Carter said: "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient. And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have...
    on May 19, 2007 By: Jimmy Carter Source: Washington Post

  2. "We are not the 51st state of the United States of America and Mr. Rudd's salute carried a subservient connotation many Australians won't like," said Bob Brown, leader of the minor opposition Greens pary.
    on Apr 3, 2008 By: Bob Brown Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Zardari has said he will relinquish some of the power accumulated by Musharraf, saying yesterday: "Parliament is sovereign. This president shall be subservient to the parliament."
    on Sep 6, 2008 By: Asif Ali Zardari Source: Ha'aretz

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