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
Despite his humiliatingly submissive stance, Mr. Cathey imbues Clov with a haunting dignity.
These women are not in any way submissive or passive.
Typically, the person who identifies as the more dominant partner in the relationship is the big spoon and the more submissive person is the little spoon.
On one side, they’d be too weak and submissive; on the other, too scolding or tedious.
Howe’s husband, Samuel, a prominent Boston educator and intellectual, yearned for a submissive wife, fulfilled by her marital and maternal duties.
His exacting, virtuosic style gives a whiff of the dominant-submissive to the composer-performer relationship.
The priest played the submissive role, even agreeing to drink Crist's urine, the suit charged.
Submissive or insecure dogs will tend to hide any marks of their presence.
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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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