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Noun: subservience  sub'sur-vee-un(t)s or ,súb'sur-vee-un(t)s
  1. The condition of being something that is useful in reaching an end or carrying out a plan
    "all his actions were in subservience to the general plan"
  2. In a subservient state
    - subservientness
  3. Abject or cringing submissiveness
    "I find his subservience repellent";
    - obsequiousness, servility

Derived forms: subserviences

Type of: condition, status, submissiveness, subordinateness, subsidiarity