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Definition 1: inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where submissive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • submissive servants
  • a submissive reply
  • replacing troublemakers with more submissive people

(submissive is similar to ...) showing humiliation or submissiveness

"an abject apology"

(submissive is similar to ...) showing an excessively deferential manner

(submissive is similar to ...) evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant

"compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others" "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity" "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion" "was submissive and subservient"

(submissive is similar to ...) totally submissive

(submissive is similar to ...) harassed by persistent nagging

(means also ...) inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence

"a shy unassertive person"

(means also ...) dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority

"an obedient soldier" "obedient children" "a little man obedient to his wife" "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"

(means also ...) marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

"a humble apology" "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"

(means also ...) subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

"a subordinate kingdom"

Definition 2: abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where submissive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • slavish devotion to her job ruled her life
  • a slavish yes-man to the party bosses
  • she has become submissive and subservient

Synonyms for submissive in the sense of this definition

(submissive is similar to ...) submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

"spoke in a servile tone" "the incurably servile housekeeper" "servile tasks such as floor scrubbing and barn work"

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