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

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Such a simple point, an obvious rebuttal to a tired, old stereotype about Muslim women as oppressed and submissive. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "An Excerpt From ‘When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom’," 26 May 2019 In this particular scenario, the dominant partner typically pees on the submissive. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Golden Showers and Piss Play Fetishes," 16 May 2019 Some people are more aroused by the physical aspect of BDSM, like erotic spanking, while others are turned on by the mental component, such as a dominant partner dictating what her submissive partner should wear. Rachel Kramer Bussel, SELF, "I Suddenly Stopped Being Kinky and I’m Not Sure Why," 1 Mar. 2019 The intimacy of getting close to such an important part of the body is precisely what arouses foot fetishists, especially those who are also submissive. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Everything You've Wanted to Know About Foot Fetishes, But Were Afraid to Ask," 17 Aug. 2018 Myself and others who engage in dominant and submissive power play in the bedroom renounce and abhor anything like Schneiderman’s alleged behavior. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Don't Use My Kink as a Cover for Your Abuse," 9 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for submissive

submissive

adjective

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

Other Words from submissive

submissiveness noun

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