Definition for SERV'ILE

SERV'ILE, a. [Fr. from L. servilis, from servio, to serve.]

  1. Such as pertains to a servant or slave; slavish; mean; such as proceeds from dependence; as, servile fear; servile obedience.
  2. Held in subjection; dependent. Ev'n fortune rules no more a servile land. – Pope.
  3. Cringing; fawning; meanly submissive; as, servile flattery. She must bend the servile knee. – Thomson.

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