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bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame bow , bowing , obeisance
yield to in respect or submission defer , fawn , kowtow , submit , truckle
submission to wishes, opinions of another deference
Ph.D. submission dissertation , oral exam , thesis , viva voce
former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission kotow , kowtow
submission to others or to outside influences passiveness , passivity
abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body prostration
forced submission to control by others subjection , subjugation
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