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 During the Civil War, the mammy was a stereotype that presented the idea that black women were happy as slaves and were content being submissive. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Boy Meets World's Trina McGee Says Will Friedle Made Racist Comment About Her on Set But Has Apologized," 17 Apr. 2020 But the truth is that Taiwan, one of Asia’s most vibrant and boisterous democracies, is a terrible example to cite as a cultural other populated by submissive peons. Andrew Leonard, Wired, "Taiwan Is Beating the Coronavirus. Can the US Do the Same?," 18 Mar. 2020 The researchers observed sick bees being more submissive and sharing more food when approached by hostile guards. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Honey Bee Virus Tricks Hive Guards Into Admitting Sick Intruders," 30 Apr. 2020 The sick bees were also more submissive when challenged by guards and more likely to offer them food, and those behaviors may also help them spread the disease. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly virus turns honey bees into Trojan horses," 28 Apr. 2020 Often, this meant acting a certain way—submissive, diligent yet easy going—to keep others happy. Sara Radin, Glamour, "Is My Anxiety Normal?," 30 Dec. 2019 His description of his parents doesn’t leave the realm of teenage caricature — his father is violent, abusive and domineering; his mother quiet and submissive. E. Alex Jung, New York Times, "From Saigon to the Suburbs, a Vietnamese-American’s Struggle to Assimilate," 21 Apr. 2020 Church officials and local employees allegedly preyed on the most isolated and submissive children. Washington Post, "Argentine court finds two priests guilty of sexually assaulting deaf children; first convictions in long-alleged abuse," 25 Nov. 2019 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

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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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25 May 2020

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“Submissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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