SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of submissive
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-ive Related forms 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
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Related Words for submissively apologetically
obediently Examples from the Web for submissively Historical Examples of submissively
I went with him
submissively; I thought of nothing but the joy of my life, the love of my lover.
"I will interrupt you no more," said my mother,
submissively, for she was curious.
submissively followed the orders of his brother in command.
"Now tell me what you wish me to do, and why you wish me to do it," said the lover,
"Without it be Mr. Cashel's pleasure to detain me," said the doctor,
submissively. British Dictionary definitions for submissively adjective of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility Derived Forms submissively, adverb submissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for submissively 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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