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From Latin sequax (a follower), from sequi (to follow), + -ious (forming adjectives).



sequacious (comparative more sequacious, superlative most sequacious)

  1. (Of objects, obsolete) Likely to follow or yield to physical pressure; easily shaped or molded.
    • 1640, Edward Reynolds, A Treatise on the Passions and Faculties of the Soule of Man, p. 321:
      Of all Fire there is none so ductile, so sequacious and obsequious as this of Wrath.
    • 1752, Christopher Smart, Hop Garden, p. 67:
      Now extract
      From the sequacious earth the pole.
    • 1755 April, Samuel Johnson translating Bacon in A Dictionary of the English Language, s.v. "Forge":
      In the greater bodies the forge was easy, the matter being ductile and sequacious and obedient to the stroke of the artificer, and apt to be drawn, formed, and moulded.
  2. (Of people) Likely to follow, conform, or yield to others, especially showing unthinking adherence to others' ideas; easily led.
  3. (Of musical notes or poetic feet) Following neatly or smoothly.
  4. (Of thought) Following logically or in an unvarying and orderly procession, tending in a single intellectual direction.
    • 1835 August, Thomas De Quincey, "Sketches of Life & Manners" in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, p. 546:
      Milton was not an extensive or discursive thinker, as Shakespeare was; for the motions of his mind were slow, solemn, and sequacious, like those of the planets.

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In the sense of "often following", sequacious originally described the leader or leaders using the prepositions to and of but this format is now considered obsolete.



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