Definition of submissive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səbˈmɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈmɪsɪv//
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too willing to accept somebody else’s authority and willing to obey them without questioning anything they want you to do He expected his daughters to be meek and submissive. She followed him like a submissive child. opposite assertive Word Originlate 16th cent.: from submission, on the pattern of pairs such as remission, remissive.
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