Definition of submissive in English:
Ready to conform to the authority or will of others; meekly obedient or passive.
- Dee believed the Angels to be obedient servants of God, submissive to the authority of Christ.
- He shows that slaves who seemed submissive and passive were cleverly using the language of their masters and subverting it to their own ends.
- Basically, I would be much more passive, submissive and altruistic.
compliant, yielding, acquiescent, unassertive, passive, obedient, biddable, dutiful, docile, pliant;
informal under someone's thumb
- Example sentences
- It means publicly reprimanding politicians who insist that ‘as Americans’ we should submissively yield to whatever the Supreme Court decides.
- Her Majesty sits squat on her throne, her head crowned, a sceptre in one hand, an orb in the other, and two lions stretch submissively at the imperial feet while she stares with bronze eyes at the distant horizons of Empire.
- When I arrived at the enclosures, he was inside, crouched submissively alongside a huge silver-backed male.
Late 16th century: from submission, on the pattern of pairs such as remission, remissive.
Words that rhyme with submissivemissive, omissive, permissive
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