Sub·serv·i·ent a. Fitted or disposed to subserve; useful in an inferior capacity; serving to promote some end; subordinate; hence, servile, truckling.
Scarce ever reading anything which he did not make subservient in one kind or other. --Bp. Fell.
These ranks of creatures are subservient one to another. --Ray.
Their temporal ambition was wholly subservient to their proselytizing spirit. --Burke.
adj 1: 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
2: abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant;
"slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish
yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become
submissive and subservient" [syn: slavish, submissive]