submissive

adjective
sub·​mis·​sive | \ səb-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce submissive (audio) \

Definition of submissive

: submitting to others submissive employees

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Other Words from submissive

submissively adverb
submissiveness noun

Examples of submissive in a Sentence

it's not in her nature to be submissive
Recent Examples on the Web Obedience is defined as submissive or dutiful compliance, which is not actually a parenting goal. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "I think my husband’s parenting strategy is a bad one. What now?," 25 Nov. 2020 The video, which is more than two hours long, suggests the global response to Covid-19 is a plot hatched by big drug companies and governments to create a surveillance state and a submissive population. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "Conspiracy Video Goes Viral in Threat to France’s Vaccine Push," 18 Nov. 2020 Loy’s tirade does the trick, cowing everyone into submissive silence. EW.com, "Fargo recap: Outlaws and criminals," 19 Oct. 2020 Those who score high on the RWA scale are submissive to authority but can be aggressive on behalf of that authority. Linda Killian, Washington Post, "Measuring the authoritarian mind-set of Trump’s followers," 2 Oct. 2020 There have been charges that women in People of Praise are encouraged to be submissive. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Truth About People of Praise," 24 Sep. 2020 Critics argue that these figures—likely enslaved people—are presented as submissive to royal authority. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Is the Dutch Royal Family’s Golden Carriage So Controversial?," 15 Sep. 2020 Then perhaps the Belarusian people will succeed in shedding a submissive past that is killing them, a past that, seen from Vilnius, a courageous city on the front line against Putin, is a poison just waiting to spread. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "Belarus’s Unlikely Opposition Leader," 4 Sep. 2020 Through letters, comics and books, Berg communicated with his thousands of followers nearly daily, keeping them submissive to him, yet promoting them to engage in a life of depravity amongst each other. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "‘The Children of God: Cult of Personality’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of submissive was in 1572

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18 Jan 2021

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“Submissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for submissive

submissive

adjective
How to pronounce submissive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of submissive

: willing to obey someone else

submissive

adjective
sub·​mis·​sive | \ səb-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce submissive (audio) \

Kids Definition of submissive

: willing to give in to others

Other Words from submissive

submissively adverb

submissive

adjective
sub·​mis·​sive | \ səb-ˈmis-iv How to pronounce submissive (audio) \

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.

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submissiveness noun

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