If someone is docile, he is easily taught or handled. If you suddenly became a trouble-maker in class, your teachers would long for the days when you were sweet and docile.

Docile comes from Latin root for teaching, docere, so someone docile is easy to teach. A docile student is willing to be taught. A docile animal is easy to handle. If you behave well and do what people tell you to do, you're a docile person. Docile might be a word of praise, but it can also be a criticism of someone for being overly submissive. Some synonyms are amenable and compliant.

Definitions of docile

adj easily handled or managed

“a gentle old horse, docile and obedient”
tame, tamed
brought from wildness into a domesticated state

adj willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed

“the docile masses of an enslaved nation”
dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
meek, tame
very docile
sheepish, sheeplike
like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
inclined to yield to argument or influence or control
manipulable, tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
not making concessions
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
bloody-minded, cantankerous
stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
bolshy, stroppy
bullet-headed, bullheaded, pigheaded
obstinate and stupid
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding
stubbornly unyielding
contrarious, cross-grained
difficult to deal with
devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
hardheaded, mulish
unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
haughtily stubborn
strong-minded, strong-willed
having a determined will
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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adj ready and willing to be taught

docile pupils eager for instruction”
manipulable, tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

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