[suh b-mish-uh n]


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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Contemporary Examples of submission

Historical Examples of submission

  • She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She could only wait, and it took all the patience and submission she could find.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • I have, however, to do it, and now and then I have moments of submission and acceptance.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • Charles Bonaparte had gained but little by his submission to the French.

  • He obeyed my orders—went into the cave to bring his associates to submission.

British Dictionary definitions for submission



an act or instance of submitting
something submitted; a proposal, argument, etc
the quality or condition of being submissive to another
the act of referring a document, etc, for the consideration of someone else
  1. an agreement by the parties to a dispute to refer the matter to arbitration
  2. the instrument referring a disputed matter to arbitration
(in wrestling) the act of causing such pain to one's opponent that he submitsCompare fall (def. 48)
archaic a confession of error
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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 Modern French submission has been replaced by doublet soumission.

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