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submissive

[suh b-mis-iv] /səbˈmɪs ɪv/
adjective
1.
inclined or ready to submit or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient:
submissive servants.
2.
marked by or indicating submission or an instance of yielding to the authority of another:
a submissive reply.
Origin of submissive
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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Examples from the Web for unsubmissive
Historical Examples
  • If you give a boy the education of a girl, or a girl the education of a boy, the result will be an unsubmissive or degraded being.

  • The former was ever meek and feminine, the latter fierce and unsubmissive.

  • How could I remain impenitent and unsubmissive when for my faults an innocent man stood exposed in contumely to the public gaze?

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
  • It bears the date of April 10th, being the very next day after he had written to Reynolds in so unsubmissive a tone.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • At times he sulked, at times he affected a cold dignity, and at times a virile anger swayed him at her unsubmissive silences.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • But neglected children, that is, those that are left to themselves, are almost always very disobedient and unsubmissive.

    Caleb in the Country Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for unsubmissive

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 unsubmissive

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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