submissive

adjective sub·mis·sive \ səb-ˈmi-siv \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of submissive

: submitting to others
  • submissive employees

submissively

adverb

submissiveness

noun

Examples of submissive in a Sentence

  1. it's not in her nature to be submissive

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First Known Use of submissive

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SUBMISSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

submissive

Definition of submissive for English Language Learners

  • : willing to obey someone else


SUBMISSIVE Defined for Kids

submissive

adjective sub·mis·sive \ səb-ˈmi-siv \

Definition of submissive for Students

: willing to give in to others

submissively

adverb

Medical Dictionary

submissive

adjective sub·mis·sive \ səb-ˈmis-iv \

medical Definition of submissive

: characterized by tendencies to yield to the will or authority of others
  • bullying usually involves a stronger, more dominant personality coercing a weaker, more submissive personality
  • —S. W. Twemlow et al

submissiveness

noun


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