[ suh b-mish-uh n ]
/ səbˈmɪʃ ən /


an act or instance of submitting.
the condition of having submitted.
submissive conduct or attitude.
something that is submitted, as an application.
Law. an agreement between parties involved in a dispute, to abide by the decision of an arbitrator or arbitrators.

Origin of submission

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin submissiōn- (stem of submissiō) a letting down. See sub-, mission
Related formsnon·sub·mis·sion, nounpre·sub·mis·sion, nounre·sub·mis·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for submission


/ (səbˈmɪʃən) /


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Word Origin and History for submission



late 14c., "act of referring to a third party for judgment or decision," from Old French submission, from Latin submissionem (nominative submissio) "a lowering, sinking, yielding," noun of action from past participle stem of submittere "lower, reduce, yield" (see submit). Sense of "humble obedience" is first recorded mid-15c. Modern French submission has been replaced by doublet soumission.

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