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subservient (adj.)

1630s, "useful, serviceable," from Latin subservientem (nominative subserviens), present participle of subservire "assist, serve, come to the help of, lend support," from sub "under" (see sub-) + servire "serve" (see serve (v.)). The meaning "slavishly obedient" is first recorded 1794. Related: Subserviently.

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Definitions of subservient from WordNet

subservient (adj.)
compliant and obedient to authority; "editors and journalists who express opinions in print that are opposed to the interests of the rich are dismissed and replaced by subservient ones"-G. B. Shaw;
subservient (adj.)
serving or acting as a means or aid;
Synonyms: implemental / instrumental
subservient (adj.)
abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams;
she has become submissive and subservient
Synonyms: slavish / submissive
From wordnet.princeton.edu