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submissive

[ suhb-mis-iv ]
/ səbˈmɪs ɪv /
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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 a yielding to the authority of another: a submissive reply.
noun
Also called, Informal, sub . the participant in a BDSM sexual encounter or relationship who is obedient, giving power and control to another participant.
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Origin of submissive

First recorded in 1580–90; submiss + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for submissive

submissive
/ (səbˈmɪsɪv) /

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

Derived forms of submissive

submissively, adverbsubmissiveness, noun
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