adjective Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr gentle; akin to Welsh esmwyth soft Date: 13th century 1. enduring injury with patience and without resentment ; mild 2. deficient in spirit and courage ; submissive 3. not violent or strong ; moderatemeekly adverbmeekness noun

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