submissive

[suhb-mis-iv]
adjective
1.
inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants.
2.
marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply.

Origin:
1580–90; submiss + -ive

submissively, adverb
submissiveness, noun
nonsubmissive, adjective
nonsubmissively, adverb
nonsubmissiveness, noun
quasi-submissive, adjective
quasi-submissively, adverb
unsubmissive, adjective
unsubmissively, adverb
unsubmissiveness, noun


1. tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable. 2. passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame, subdued.


1. rebellious, disobedient.
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submissive (səbˈmɪsɪv)
 
adj
of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
 
sub'missively
 
adv
 
sub'missiveness
 
n

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submissive
1580s, "inclined to submit," from L. submiss-, pp. 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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Example sentences
The older dog was adopted when he was full grown and had been abused, and he's
  submissive.
She broke into submissive tears and gave way at once.
The one whose periods change is she submissive or dominant.
Will the submissive become leader or dominant become leader.
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