submissive

adjective
sub·​mis·​sive | \ səb-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce submissive (audio) \

Definition of submissive

: submitting to others submissive employees

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 Muse pushes back on the perception of muses as submissive, a blank canvas rather than one bursting with ideas. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 The most important thing for us wasn’t just the idea of a superhero, but the idea of making her completely the opposite of every trope about Arab woman as submissive or weak. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 4 May 2022 Many false narratives paint the Ukrainians as submissive and eager for reunification. Maggie Smith, The Conversation, 7 Feb. 2022 The submissive partner allows their dominant partner to, well, dominate them à la 50 Shades of Grey. Angie Jones, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Punctuated by either submissive, sassy and/or oversexulized characteristics, these images have greatly influenced the way the world sees us–not only in entertainment mediums, but in our daily lives. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 17 Mar. 2022 Duvall’s acting in the film has been criticized for being over-the-top, and her character has been called weak and submissive. Kelsey Ables, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2022 Duvall’s acting in the film has been criticized for being over-the-top, and her character has been called weak and submissive. Kelsey Ables, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2022 Duvall’s acting in the film has been criticized for being over-the-top, and her character has been called weak and submissive. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of submissive

1572, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Submissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for submissive

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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