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 The bulk of the show takes place from the point of view of Amina (the completely delightful Anjana Vasan), who, on the surface, embodies some of the clichés about Muslim women as meek, submissive, and one-dimensional. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 Degrading racist catcalls are often fueled by stereotypes in media depicting Asian women as exotic, hypersexualized, submissive, and voiceless individuals. Anna Kim, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 This comes as little surprise, given that many in business see Asian-American females as unserious and submissive, and businesses with non-white female CEOs have long been under-funded. Mei Xu For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 Chin takes a cleaver to the stereotype of the submissive Asian girl. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 25 May 2021 Many turned submissive when a powerful leader demanded it. BostonGlobe.com, 23 May 2021 Christianity makes the willing and submissive execution of a criminal at the hands of the state the center of the universe. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 10 May 2021 But more often than not, Asian women are either voiceless or they are sexualized, or both—submissive but also man-eating dragon ladies possessing secrets of the Orient. Janet Fang, Scientific American, 19 Apr. 2021 We were tied down to society's ignorant idea of us -- submissive and silent. Sherry Cola, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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“Submissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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