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What does "Supine" mean?

Definition

(a.) Leaning backward, or inclining with exposure to the sun; sloping; inclined (a.) Lying on the back, or with the face upward; -- opposed to prone (a.) Negligent; heedless; indolent; listless (n.) 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


Synonyms passive, inactive, resistless, resupine, unresisting, unerect


Example: "No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried- Theodore Roosevelt"


Word Family supinely