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 Her other cat, normally submissive to Lenny, has been hissing and snarling at him. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was so unfazed by me’: Woman recounts slobber-covered cat’s Anchorage wolverine encounter," 12 Nov. 2019 But Perkins, who arrives on the scene with no introduction and only a few lines, is so far a one-dimensional figure whose main function is to act as a submissive target for the over-the-top parental rants of Dern’s Renata Klein. Greg Braxton, latimes.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ is less white this season. That doesn't mean it’s smart about race," 16 June 2019 Bondage is frequently part of impact play, as tying up the submissive, who then consensually can't move, adds to the thrill of the scene. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Impact Play," 1 May 2019 Conservative ideology appears to be a core part of Barstool Sports — especially its portrayal of gender roles, with hypermasculine, sports-loving men and hypersexualized, submissive women. NBC News, "Barstool Sports and the persistence of traditional masculinity in sports culture," 21 Sep. 2019 Guy Fletcher, who is charged with human trafficking and promoting prostitution, beat the woman and used her drug addiction to keep her submissive, according to the victim, court records say. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington police accuse Bristol man of being pimp for woman," 19 Nov. 2019 Kendall’s the image of a doting, submissive son with Logan, juggling the demands of running a $24 billion takeover bid and monitoring his father’s health—down to his medication schedule—with the kind of dexterity Season 1 Ken dreamt of. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 The patient was respectfully obedient and submissive, and often little-involved in decisions about their health. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 Samara Weaving in particular delivers a standout performance as Grace—a role that requires her to be, in turn, sweetly submissive, shocked and terrified, and a tough-as-nails badass in a fight for her life. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Pitch-perfect Ready or Not is a sharp and witty blood-soaked delight," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2019

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“Submissive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissiveness. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for submissive

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

Other Words from submissive

submissiveness noun

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