Meekness is a possible attribute of human behavior. It has been defined several ways:
- Godfearing, righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering.
- The Christian Apostle Paul gave an example of meek behavior when writing to Timothy: "The servant of the Lord must be gentle, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose." (2 Tim. 2:24–25)
- A meek behavior is presented as being opposite to "the natural man" (i.e. one who acts strictly according to desires of the body): "Put off the natural man and become meek." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19)
- Sir Thomas Browne explained: "Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down." This indicates that meekness allows a person to overlook or forgive perceived insults or offenses.
- "A disposition to be patient and long-suffering."
- Power under control - roughly equivalent in common usage to humility.
Meekness is one of the Seven virtues in Christian tradition. Jesus of Nazareth preached, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth".