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submissive

[suh b-mis-iv] /səbˈmɪs ɪv/
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
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; submiss + -ive
Related forms
submissively, adverb
submissiveness, noun
nonsubmissive, adjective
nonsubmissively, adverb
nonsubmissiveness, noun
quasi-submissive, adjective
quasi-submissively, adverb
unsubmissive, adjective
unsubmissively, adverb
unsubmissiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable. 2. passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame, subdued.
Antonyms
1. rebellious, disobedient.
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Examples from the Web for submissive
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  • There was something about her eyes not unlike the dog's expression, submissive, but questioning.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The officers then could not abide him, though some were submissive to him because of his father's position.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • It has been questioned, however, whether in this instance he was not too submissive.

  • And I wait, submissive to His will, for nothing happens unless He wills it.

  • The man, the most submissive; the woman, the most affectionate.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
British Dictionary definitions for submissive

submissive

/səbˈmɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
Derived Forms
submissively, adverb
submissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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