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 Early on, there was some criticism from Asian American viewers about how Jin’s relationship with his wife, Sun [Yunjin Kim], relied on the stereotype of an overbearing man and a submissive woman. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "In Conversation: Daniel Dae Kim," 12 Apr. 2021 Many Asian-Americans have been left wondering how much cultural stereotypes that cast them — especially women — as weak or submissive targets played a role. New York Times, "Asian-Americans Are Being Attacked. Why Are Hate Crime Charges So Rare?," 18 Mar. 2021 Girls learn that they’re supposed to be attractive and submissive, according to the study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Emma Brown, Washington Post, "We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against men and boys.," 22 Feb. 2021 Among other things, the Danvers Statement affirmed the submissive role of women. Susan M. Shaw, The Conversation, "How ‘complementarianism’ – the belief that God assigned specific gender roles – became part of evangelical doctrine," 13 Apr. 2021 The submissive new parliament has since changed the electoral law to require all presidential candidates to have the backing of at least 10% of the country’s MPs and mayors. The Economist, "Turning thuggish Benin’s democratic beacon dims," 10 Apr. 2021 The perceptions of Asian and Asian American women as submissive, hypersexual and exotic can be traced back centuries. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A woman's brutal attack exposed a torrent of anti-Asian violence after the Atlanta shootings," 1 Apr. 2021 Stereotypes of Asian women as submissive and hypersexual have long existed, fueled by some American service members abroad during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars, who brought these racist stereotypes home. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "'Believe us': How to educate yourself about damaging racial stereotypes," 28 Mar. 2021 To be a baker, Lidgus explains, is to be half control freak, half submissive to fate; to embrace a life of eternal adjustments. New York Times, "The Growers, Bakers and Beekeepers Embracing the Terroir of American Cities," 26 Mar. 2021

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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 6 May. 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.

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submissiveness noun

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