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supine

adjective uk   us   /ˈsuː.paɪn/ /ˈsjuː-/

supine adjective (BODY)

formal (lying) flat on your back, looking up: We walked along the beach, past the rows of supine bodies soaking up the sun.
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supine adjective (CHARACTER)

disapproving If you are supine, you are weak and willing to accept the control of others: The new director has introduced a series of changes against little opposition from the supine staff.
supinely
adverb uk   us   /-li/ formal
Translations of “supine”
in Chinese (Traditional) 身體, 仰臥的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 身体, 仰卧的…
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