verb (used without object)

  1. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
  2. to express a servile attitude.

verb (intr)

  1. to act in a servile or deferential manner
  2. RC Church to bend one or both knees as a sign of reverence, esp when passing before the Blessed Sacrament

1620s, back-formation from genuflection. Related: Genuflected; genuflecting.

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