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Definition of "submissive" [sub•mis•sive]

  • Inclined or willing to submit. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "submissive" in a sentence
  • "The City had done a serious effort to take out beggars from the streets, yet the very cold streets were lined with immobile figures frozen in submissive, pleading positions."
  • "Saying that to be Christian women have to be submissive is like saying that Christians have to be anti-Semitic because the Gospel of Matthew villanizes Jews, without taking into account his audience or his purpose in writing."
  • "The creepy spectacle of watching one warrior after the next insist that we must risk other people's lives and bomb more people so that we don't feel girlish and scared and submissive is repugnant enough, in itself, to have to witness on a daily basis."