(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. gentle, tractable, teachable, submissive. See consent, submission.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. meek, mild, tractable, compliant, obedient, amenable, pliant, submissive, accommodating, complying, acquiescent, adaptable, resigned, agreeable, willing, obliging, well-behaved, manageable, biddable, malleable, pliable, tame, yielding, teachable, easily influenced, easy, easygoing, soft, governable, manipulable, childlike, gentle, complaisant, unassertive, passive, unresisting; see also gentle 3 , humble 1 , obedient 1 .
Ant. rebellious, ungovernable, wild.
Syn.- docile implies a temperament that submits easily to control or that fails to resist domination [ a docile horse ] ; tractable implies ease of management or control but does not connote the submissiveness of docile and applies to things as well as people and animals [ silver is a tractable , i.e., malleable, metal ] ; compliant suggests a weakness of character that allows one to yield meekly to another's request or demand [ army life had made him compliant] ; amenable suggests such amiability or deSire to be agreeable as would lead one to submit readily [ I found her amenable to persuasion ] ; obedient suggests a giving in to the orders or instructions of one in authority or control [ an obedient child ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[DOS ul]
easy to train and handle, tractable.
The poodle is considerably more docile than the coyote.
SYN.: tractable, malleable, trainable, pliant, manageable, obedient, gentle, accommodating, submissive, compliant, obliging, meek.
ANT.: defiant, stubborn, vicious, untrainable, *unbreakable
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Easily managed or handled: gentle, meek, mild, tame. See WILD. 2. Willing to carry out the wishes of others: amenable, biddable, compliant, conformable, obedient, submissive, supple, tractable. See RESIST.

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