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submissive

[suh b-mis-iv]
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adjective
  1. inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants.
  2. marked by or indicating submission or an instance of yielding to the authority of another: a submissive reply.

Origin of submissive

First recorded in 1580–90; submiss + -ive
Related formssub·mis·sive·ly, adverbsub·mis·sive·ness, nounnon·sub·mis·sive, adjectivenon·sub·mis·sive·ly, adverbnon·sub·mis·sive·ness, nounqua·si-sub·mis·sive, adjectivequa·si-sub·mis·sive·ly, adverbun·sub·mis·sive, adjectiveun·sub·mis·sive·ly, adverbun·sub·mis·sive·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable. 2. passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame, subdued.

Antonyms

1. rebellious, disobedient.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-submissive

submissive

adjective
  1. of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
Derived Formssubmissively, adverbsubmissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-submissive

submissive

adj.

1580s, "inclined to submit," from Latin submiss-, past participle stem of submittere (see submission) + -ive. Masochistic sexual sense is attested by 1969. As a noun in this sense, by 1985. Related: Submissively; submissiveness.

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