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submissive

[suh b-mis-iv] /səbˈmɪs ɪv/
adjective
1.
inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient:
submissive servants.
2.
marked by or indicating submission:
a submissive reply.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; submiss + -ive
Related forms
submissively, adverb
submissiveness, noun
nonsubmissive, adjective
nonsubmissively, adverb
nonsubmissiveness, noun
quasi-submissive, adjective
quasi-submissively, adverb
unsubmissive, adjective
unsubmissively, adverb
unsubmissiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable. 2. passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame, subdued.
Antonyms
1. rebellious, disobedient.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasisubmissive

submissive

/səbˈmɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
Derived Forms
submissively, adverb
submissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quasisubmissive

submissive

adj.

1580s, "inclined to submit," from Latin submiss-, past participle stem of submittere (see submission) + -ive. Masochistic sexual sense is attested by 1969. As a noun in this sense, by 1985. Related: Submissively; submissiveness.

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