SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants. marked by or indicating submission or an instance of yielding to the authority of another: a submissive reply. Origin of submissive
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-ive Related forms sub·mis·sive·ly, adverb sub·mis·sive·ness, noun non·sub·mis·sive, adjective non·sub·mis·sive·ly, adverb non·sub·mis·sive·ness, noun qua·si-sub·mis·sive, adjective qua·si-sub·mis·sive·ly, adverb un·sub·mis·sive, adjective un·sub·mis·sive·ly, adverb un·sub·mis·sive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-submissive adjective of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility Derived Forms submissively, adverb submissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-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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