Definition of submissive in English:

submissive

Line breaks: sub|mis¦sive
Pronunciation: /səbˈmɪsɪv
 
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adjective

Derivatives

submissively

adverb
More 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from submission, on the pattern of pairs such as remission, remissive.

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