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 Her father was stern and dominant, her mother submissive. Andrea Zelinski, ExpressNews.com, "‘So divided we can’t think straight.’ How 26 Texas women view Trump’s impeachment.," 28 Jan. 2020 If new AIs continue to fall into current gender role stereotypes, then the stereotype of the passive and submissive woman versus the knowledgeable leader/expert man will be furthered. Sharone Horowit-hendler, Wired, "Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes," 14 Jan. 2020 Her other cat, normally submissive to Lenny, has been hissing and snarling at him. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was so unfazed by me’: Woman recounts slobber-covered cat’s Anchorage wolverine encounter," 12 Nov. 2019 But Perkins, who arrives on the scene with no introduction and only a few lines, is so far a one-dimensional figure whose main function is to act as a submissive target for the over-the-top parental rants of Dern’s Renata Klein. Greg Braxton, latimes.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ is less white this season. That doesn't mean it’s smart about race," 16 June 2019 Bondage is frequently part of impact play, as tying up the submissive, who then consensually can't move, adds to the thrill of the scene. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Impact Play," 1 May 2019 Conservative ideology appears to be a core part of Barstool Sports — especially its portrayal of gender roles, with hypermasculine, sports-loving men and hypersexualized, submissive women. NBC News, "Barstool Sports and the persistence of traditional masculinity in sports culture," 21 Sep. 2019 Guy Fletcher, who is charged with human trafficking and promoting prostitution, beat the woman and used her drug addiction to keep her submissive, according to the victim, court records say. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington police accuse Bristol man of being pimp for woman," 19 Nov. 2019 Kendall’s the image of a doting, submissive son with Logan, juggling the demands of running a $24 billion takeover bid and monitoring his father’s health—down to his medication schedule—with the kind of dexterity Season 1 Ken dreamt of. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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“Submissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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