submissive

  • 1 Submissive — Sub*mis sive, a. 1. Inclined or ready to submit; acknowledging one s inferiority; yielding; obedient; humble. [1913 Webster] Not at his feet submissive in distress, Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Showing a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 submissive — index malleable, obedient, obeisant, obsequious, passive, patient, pliable, pliant, powerless …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 submissive — (adj.) 1580s, inclined to submit, from L. submiss , pp. stem of submittere (see SUBMISSION (Cf. submission)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Masochistic sexual sense is attested by 1969. As a noun in this sense, by 1985. Related: Submissively; submissiveness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 submissive — *tame, subdued Analogous words: docile, tractable, amenable, biddable, *obedient: meek, lowly, *humble: *subservient, servile, slavish, menial Antonyms: rebellious …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 submissive — [adj] compliant abject, accommodating, acquiescent, amenable, bowing down, comformable, complying, deferential, docile, domesticated, dutiful, giving in*, humble, ingratiating, lowly, malleable, meek, menial, nonresistant, nonresisting, obedient …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 submissive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ meekly obedient or passive. DERIVATIVES submissively adverb submissiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 submissive — [səb mis′iv] adj. [< L submissus, pp. of submittere (see SUBMIT) + IVE] having or showing a tendency to submit without resistance; docile; yielding submissively adv. submissiveness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Submissive — Submissiveness is the incidence or trait of yielding to the expressed will of another person or some display of force. It can be found in everyday human interaction. Submissiveness can be a benign aspect of the social fabric, or it may be part of …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 submissive — submissively, adv. submissiveness, n. /seuhb mis iv/, adj. 1. inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants. 2. marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply. [1580 90; SUBMISS + IVE] Syn. 1.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 submissive — adj. submissive to * * * [səb mɪsɪv] submissive to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 submissive — [[t]səbmɪ̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are submissive, you obey someone without arguing. Most doctors want their patients to be submissive. Syn: passive Ant: assertive Derived words: submissively ADV GRADED The troops submissively laid down their… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 submissive — adjective Date: 1575 submitting to others < submissive employees > • submissively adverb • submissiveness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 submissive — 1. noun one who submits 2. adjective Meekly obedient or passive. The powerful managers for government were not sufficiently submissive to the pleasure of the possessors of immediate and personal favour, sometimes from a confidence in their own… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 submissive — sub·mis·sive səb mis iv adj 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)>… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 submissive — sub|mis|sive [səbˈmısıv] adj always willing to obey someone and never disagreeing with them, even if they are unkind to you ≠ ↑assertive ▪ In those days women were expected to be quiet and submissive. >submissively adv >submissiveness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 submissive — sub|mis|sive [ səb mısıv ] adjective willing to do what other people tell you to do without arguing: His mother was a meek and submissive woman. ╾ sub|mis|sive|ly adverb ╾ sub|mis|sive|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 submissive — adjective always willing to obey someone even if they are unkind to you: Martin expects his wife to be meek and submissive. submissively adverb submissiveness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 submissive — adjective she s far from being a submissive woman Syn: compliant, yielding, acquiescent, unassertive, passive, obedient, biddable, dutiful, docile, pliant; informal under someone s thumb …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 submissive — UK [səbˈmɪsɪv] / US adjective willing to do what other people tell you to do without arguing His mother was a meek and submissive woman. Derived words: submissively adverb submissiveness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 20 submissive — /səbˈmɪsɪv / (say suhb misiv) adjective 1. inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient. 2. marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply. –submissively, adverb –submissiveness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary


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