willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
"the docile masses of an enslaved nation"
stiff-necked, hardheaded, stroppy, wild, bullheaded, stubborn, pertinacious, strong-willed, unyielding, mulish, intractable, bolshy, pigheaded, persistent, bloody-minded, dogged, determined, contrarious, cross-grained, bullet-headed, dour, obstinate, strong-minded, cantankerous, untamed, unregenerate, tenacious
ready and willing to be taught
"docile pupils eager for instruction"; "teachable youngsters"
bloody-minded, strong-willed, bolshy, persistent, obstinate, intractable, wild, cantankerous, cross-grained, determined, bullheaded, hardheaded, dour, stroppy, contrarious, dogged, unyielding, bullet-headed, strong-minded, stubborn, pertinacious, untamed, tenacious, pigheaded, mulish, stiff-necked, unregenerate
easily handled or managed
"a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"
contrarious, hardheaded, cantankerous, mulish, intractable, unyielding, stiff-necked, bolshy, tenacious, pigheaded, persistent, untamed, pertinacious, unregenerate, dogged, cross-grained, strong-minded, bloody-minded, bullheaded, stubborn, bullet-headed, wild, determined, stroppy, obstinate, dour, strong-willed
Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.
Ready to accept instruction or direction.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
One who is docile is easily taught; one who is tractable is easily led; one who is pliant is easily bent in any direction; compliant represents one as inclined or persuaded to agreement with another's will. Compare DUTY.
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How to use docile in a sentence?
A state that dwarfs its men in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great things can really be accomplished.
The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.
He was as compliant and docile as anyone I have ever seen come into a facility, we are hoping that the day comes when justice is done for those families and the victims that were killed.
It is amazing how docile it was. I was petting it.
People stay in their cars, there is no (human-to-human) contact, the animals are docile and used to people.
Translations for docile
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- възприемчив, схватлив, податлив, послушенBulgarian
- poddajný, poslušnýCzech
- fügsam, gefügigGerman
- sèimh, soirbhScottish Gaelic
- irányítható, kezelhető, tanulékonyHungarian
- docile, mansuetoItalian
- 従順, おとなしい, 従順なJapanese
- docilem praebebisLatin
- potulny, pojętny, posłusznyPolish
- послушный, понятливый, покорныйRussian
- poslušan, poučljiv, pokoranSerbo-Croatian
- lydig, fogligSwedish
- uslu, yumuşak başlı, uysalTurkish
- ngoan ngoãnVietnamese
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