submissive

[ suhb-mis-iv ]
/ səbˈmɪs ɪv /

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 an instance of yielding to the authority of another: a submissive reply.

Nearby words

  1. subminiaturize,
  2. subminimum,
  3. subminimum wage,
  4. submiss,
  5. submission,
  6. submit,
  7. submontane,
  8. submucosa,
  9. submucosal plexus,
  10. submultiple

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 Formssubmissively, adverbsubmissiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for submissive

submissive

adj.

1580s, "inclined to submit," from Latin submiss-, past participle stem of submittere (see submission) + -ive. Masochistic sexual sense is attested by 1969. As a noun in this sense, by 1985. Related: Submissively; submissiveness.

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