sub·​mis·​sion | \ səb-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce submission (audio) \

Definition of submission

1a : a legal agreement to submit to the decision of arbitrators
b : an act of submitting something (as for consideration or inspection) also : something submitted (such as a manuscript)
2 : the condition of being submissive, humble, or compliant
3 : an act of submitting to the authority or control of another

Examples of submission in a Sentence

I'm preparing the results of my study for submission to a medical journal. the electronic submission of tax returns The deadline for submissions is January 31st. We cannot accept submissions longer than 2,000 words. Over 5,000 submissions were received. a religion that preaches submission to God's will The prisoners were beaten into submission. See More
Recent Examples on the Web While Moderna hopes its vaccine will be authorized within a month, which is the usual timeline for vaccine authorization during the pandemic, the company still has to submit more data to the FDA in the coming weeks to complete its submission. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Pick it up and move it to a podium next to the solution and Tandis will scan your submission to confirm that its size, shape, and curves are close enough. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 Denmark had put the film forward as its Best International Feature submission, but the thinking behind what gets picked and what gets omitted for the final round in this particular category has always been on par with the Riddle of the Sphinx. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2022 His submission of a board slate that would swap out most directors at Kohl's upcoming spring shareholder meeting came just a few weeks after Acacia Research submitted an unsolicited offer of $64 per share, or $9 billion. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2022 Before Penttinen was admitted to the hospital, the Xbox team had rejected his submission to certify Guntech 2 for release on the platform. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 19 Jan. 2022 The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles withdrew its recommendation of a posthumous pardon for George Floyd, along with 24 others, after finding procedural errors within its submission, the governor's office said Thursday. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021 Pfizer said this new data has been shared with the FDA as part of its Emergency Use Authorization submission, and Bourla told ABC News that the pill could be authorized in the United States by the end of the year or early 2022. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 14 Dec. 2021 Ahead of Italy or France, meanwhile, reigning champion Denmark has the most enviable recent record of any country in the category: only three times in the past 11 years has its submission failed to reach at least the shortlist stage. Guy Lodge, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of submission

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for submission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin submission-, submissio act of lowering, from submittere

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sub·​mis·​sion | \ səb-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce submission (audio) \

Kids Definition of submission

1 : the act of putting forward something (as for consideration or comment)
2 : the condition of being humble or obedient
3 : the act of giving in to power or authority


sub·​mis·​sion | \ səb-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce submission (audio) \

Medical Definition of submission

: the condition of being submissive


sub·​mis·​sion | \ səb-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce submission (audio) \

Legal Definition of submission

1 : an agreement to submit a dispute to and abide by the decision of an arbitrator an award falls within the general rule that acts of arbitrators must…be coextensive with the submissionAlbert v. Goor, 218 P.2d 736 (1950)
2 : an act of submitting something upon submission of a properly completed memorandum— J. H. Friedenthal et al. also : something submitted
3 : an act of submitting to the authority or control of another

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