: willing to carry out someone else’s orders or wishes without protest


The word docile has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com over the past 10 years, including November 28, 2013 in Flexing Autonomy, Pakistani Premier Selects Outsiders to Lead Army, by Salman Masood and Declan Walsh:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – On the key appointment of his new term in office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif selected a relative underdog, Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif, to lead the powerful Pakistani army on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s election seemed to bypass the line of confrontation with a military establishment that ousted him in 1999 but did not openly transgress it.

… Accordingly, some Pakistani analysts saw the election as evidence that Mr Sharif was looking for someone a little more docile. But this type of game art has come back to bite him before. During his previous tenure in power in the late 1990s, he turned over more senior generals to elect General Pervez Musharraf as army chief – the man who would later oust and replace him in the 1999 coup.



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