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[suh b-mish-uh n] /səbˈmɪʃ ən/
an act or instance of submitting.
the condition of having submitted.
submissive conduct or attitude.
something that is submitted, as an application.
Law. an agreement between parties involved in a dispute, to abide by the decision of an arbitrator or arbitrators.
Origin of submission
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin submissiōn- (stem of submissiō) a letting down. See sub-, mission
Related forms
nonsubmission, noun
presubmission, noun
resubmission, noun Unabridged
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  • I will not yield, I will not make my submission, I will defend my book by a fresh one.

  • She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But these complaisant men soon repented of their submission.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • She could only wait, and it took all the patience and submission she could find.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He made his submission a few days later than the appointed time.

    A History of England Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for submission


an act or instance of submitting
something submitted; a proposal, argument, etc
the quality or condition of being submissive to another
the act of referring a document, etc, for the consideration of someone else
  1. an agreement by the parties to a dispute to refer the matter to arbitration
  2. the instrument referring a disputed matter to arbitration
(in wrestling) the act of causing such pain to one's opponent that he submits Compare fall (sense 48)
(archaic) a confession of error
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Word Origin and History for submission

late 14c., "act of referring to a third party for judgment or decision," from Old French submission, from Latin submissionem (nominative submissio) "a lowering, sinking, yielding," noun of action from past participle stem of submittere "lower, reduce, yield" (see submit). Sense of "humble obedience" is first recorded mid-15c. Modern French submission has been replaced by doublet soumission.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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