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English definition of “subservient”


adjective    /səbˈsɜr·vi·ənt/ disapproving
willing to do what other people want, or considering your wishes as less important than those of other people: In the past, women were viewed as subservient to men. subservience    /səbˈsɜr·vi·əns/ noun [U] disapproving Your subservience to your boss disgusts me.
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