Definition of submissive
: submitting to others submissive employees
Examples of submissive in a Sentence
it's not in her nature to be submissive
Recent Examples of submissive from the Web
Both the submissive and dominant consent to the submission and domination.
The DNR advises that anyone encountering a cougar: Face the animal and do not act submissive.
In this ritual, the sea represented a submissive wife—hardly a marriage of equals.
But instead of a submissive sacrifice, couldn't Lindor deliver a base hit or still advance the runner even in making an out?
Their love story is hampered somewhat by the appearance of Leila (Bella Heathcote), a traumatized and violent former submissive.
Despite his humiliatingly submissive stance, Mr. Cathey imbues Clov with a haunting dignity.
The objective was to make the detainees tired, stressed and submissive for interrogators, witnesses later said in military court hearings.
These women are not in any way submissive or passive.
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First Known Use of submissive
SUBMISSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of submissive for English Language Learners
: willing to obey someone else
SUBMISSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of submissive for Students
: willing to give in to others
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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