[ suhb-mis-iv ]
/ səbˈmɪs ɪv /


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

First recorded in 1580–90; submiss + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM submissive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for submissive

/ (səbˈmɪsɪv) /


of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility

Derived forms of submissive

submissively, adverbsubmissiveness, noun
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