Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Sequacious

sequacious, adj. se·qua·cious \ si-ˈkwā-shəs \

1 archaic : subservient, tractable
2 : intellectually servile

Did You Know?

Sequacious is formed from the Latin sequac-, or sequax (which means "inclined to follow" and comes from sequi, "to follow") and the English -ious. The original and now archaic meaning of sequacious was "inclined to follow" or "subservient." Although that meaning might as easily describe someone who willingly dropped into line behind a war leader, or who was unusually compliant or obedient in any sense, the concept gradually narrowed into the image of someone who blindly adopts ideas without much thought. Labeling a person sequacious is not very complimentary, and implies a slavish willingness to adopt a thought or opinion.

First Known Use: 1643
(in the meaning defined at sense 1)
Tags: adjective, latin, s, wordsmith: med_cat

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