servility (sɜːˈvɪlɪtɪ) or servileness (ˈservileness)
Word origin of 'servile'
C14: from Latin servīlis, from servus slave
servile for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (sɜːʳvaɪl, US -vəl)
graded adjective & adjective
If you say that someone is servile, you disapprove of them because they are too eager to obey someone or do things for them. [formal, disapproval] ⇒ He was subservient and servile. ⇒ They said she had a servile attitude to her employer.
servility (sɜːʳvɪlɪti)uncountable noun ⇒ She's a curious mixture of stubbornness and servility.
cried the gatekeeper, looking directly at Coyote, who lay on the wagon seat looking perfectly doglike and servile.Tepper, Sheri S. A PLAGUE OF ANGELSAlthough much of the work was menial, Richardnever felt servile when he was in a hotel.Pacter, Trudi YELLOW BIRDHaving no servile qualities, no doubt his value lay in his energy and an ability to shout his orders to the chef louder than the next man.Curzon, Clare THE QUEST FOR KA lock of black hair thawed the severity of his brow as he looked up at her, his position servile , his manner assured.Christina Dodd THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS