submissive

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

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

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Responsible members of kink communities know that the submissive is extra vulnerable and has placed tremendous trust in the dominant one to respect their humanity. Jaclyn Friedman, Vox, "Schneiderman said his alleged abuse was “role playing.” As a sex educator, I’m horrified.," 11 May 2018 Looking back on art history, everyone is white, affluent, and submissive. Nadja Sayej, Teen Vogue, "Artist Sara Cwynar on Perceptions of Beauty," 26 June 2018 Yearning to be submissive, for example, might feel at odds with also rejecting the connection between femininity and docility. Inna Shnayder, Allure, "Why Porn-Industry Icon Erika Lust Is Inviting Female Directors to Make Their First Adult Films," 28 June 2018 She got married at 20, and when the relationship faltered, other Witnesses encouraged her to become more submissive. David Gambacorta, Philly.com, "She says she was 5 when another Jehovah's Witness raped her. The religion's leaders call such accounts 'false stories.'," 20 June 2018 Some adopt a more submissive posture, avoiding contact with others. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 While Henry was trying to grapple with the idea of having lost a potential male heir, Jane cleverly presented herself as the anti-Anne: quiet, pious, and submissive to the king’s every whim. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018 Offred is submissive and free from the struggles that come with fighting against the Gilead machine. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: Helicopter Aunts," 9 May 2018 The size of the protests suggests a strong challenge to India’s historic fatalism about the role of girls and women as weak, submissive, or expendable. The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s swing in favor of girls," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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submissive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of submissive

: willing to obey someone else

submissive

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

Kids Definition of submissive

: willing to give in to others

Other Words from submissive

submissively adverb

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

Other Words from submissive

submissiveness noun

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