- easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
- readily trained or taught; teachable.
- easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
- rare ready to learn; easy to teach
late 15c., “easily taught,” from Italian or French docile, from Latin docilis “easily taught,” from docere “teach” (see doctor). Sense of “obedient, submissive” first recorded 1774.