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Meaning of supine by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English supin, from Latin supinum, supinus. Grammatical meaning is from the phrase supinum verbum .


    • IPA: /ˈsjuːpaɪn/, /supiːn/


    supine ( comparative more supine, superlative most supine )

    1. Lying on its back, reclined
    2. Sloping or inclined
    3. Lethargic; blameworthy indifferent
    4. Passive



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    supine ( plural: supines )

    1. ( grammar ) A type of verbal noun .

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Explanation of supine by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. offering no resistance

    2. No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried- Theodore Roosevelt
    3. lying face upward

    Definition of supine by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Supine ( supīn ), a. [L. supinus, akin to sub under, super above. Cf. Sub-, Super-.]
      1. Lying on the back, or with the face upward; -- opposed to prone.

      2. Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined.

      If the vine

      On rising ground be placed, or hills supine. Dryden.

      3. Negligent; heedless; indolent; listless.

      He became pusillanimous and supine, and openly exposed to any temptation. Woodward.

      Syn. -- Negligent; heedless; indolent; thoughtless; inattentive; listless; careless; drowsy.

      -- Supinely, adv. -- Supineness, n.

    2. Supine ( sūpīn ), n. [L. supinum ( sc. verbum ), from supinus bent or thrown backward, perhaps so called because, although furnished with substantive case endings, it rests or falls back, as it were, on the verb: cf. F. supin.] ( Lat. Gram. ) A verbal noun; or ( according to C.F.Becker ), a case of the infinitive mood ending in -um and -u, that in -um being sometimes called the former supine, and that in -u the latter supine.