Advertisement

Advertisement

View synonyms for submissive

submissive

[ suhb-mis-iv ]

adjective

  1. inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient:

    submissive servants.

    Synonyms: amenable, pliant, compliant, tractable

    Antonyms: disobedient, rebellious

  2. marked by or indicating submission or a yielding to the authority of another:

    a submissive reply.

    Synonyms: subdued, tame, docile, patient, resigned, passive



noun

  1. alsocalledcomma Informal, sub. the participant in a BDSM sexual encounter or relationship who is obedient, giving power and control to another participant.

submissive

/ səbˈmɪsɪv /

adjective

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


Discover More

Derived Forms

  • subˈmissiveness, noun
  • subˈmissively, adverb

Discover More

Other Words From

  • 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

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of submissive1

First recorded in 1580–90; submiss + -ive

Discover More

Example Sentences

I’m not where they’re from and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive.

Being a stranger to Germany, Fazazi was, at the time, utterly dependent on her husband, and submissive to his views on where to go, and how to dress and behave.

“Ensure that you aren’t the first one to stray away from making eye contact—that’s a submissive gesture,” says Donaldson.

Many young women in the BDSM subculture find their way into a dominant role, whether coming from a submissive standpoint or not.

There are three types of cuckolded men: the submissive, forced bisexual, and the voyeurs.

They do it because they want women to be submissive, second-class citizen.

Demeanor: If your dog is really submissive, do you really want a bully?

She got into two serious dogfights with much larger male dogs, and showed zero signs of playing the female submissive.

Fashion—Do not be too submissive to the dictates of fashion; at the same time avoid oddity or eccentricity in your dress.

Instead of creating men, a perfect God ought to have created only docile and submissive angels.

Their profession requires vile and submissive slaves, who never have the audacity to reason.

A week passed thus: the count came twice to see me, and always preserved the same cold and submissive manner.

Folk made they submissive readily enough, and many country folk were thereon baptized.

Advertisement

Word of the Day

axolotl

[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


submissionsubmit