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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ser·vile /ˈsɝvəl, ˌvaɪl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Serv·ile a.
 1. Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as, servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience.
    She must bend the servile knee.   --Thomson.
    Fearing dying pays death servile breath.   --Shak.
 2. Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved.
    Even fortune rules no more, O servile land!   --Pope.
 3. Gram. (a) Not belonging to the original root; as, a servile letter. (b) Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Serv·ile, n. Gram. An element which forms no part of the original root; -- opposed to radical.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: pertaining to or involving slaves; "the servile wars of
      2: submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior; "spoke in a
         servile tone"; "the incurably servile housekeeper";
         "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"
         [ant: unservile]
      3: involving slaves; "Brown's attempt at servile insurrection"
         [syn: servile(a)]