A personality disorder characterized by a long-term pattern of passively allowing others to take responsibility for major areas of life, by a lack of self-confidence and independence, and of subordinating personal needs to the needs of others.
Coordinating Between Independent and Dependent Clauses
You might have seen these terms floating around. Clauses are the building blocks of sentences. They’re groups of related words (phrases) that contain both a subject and a verb. When a clause can stand alone as a complete sentence with a clear meaning, it’s considered independent. If it only makes sense when you join it with another clause, it’s dependent (or subordinate). For example, “in …
Are You Weird? Personality Idioms Explored
Read more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
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