from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined or willing to submit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who submits
  • adj. Meekly obedient or passive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined or ready to submit; acknowledging one's inferiority; yielding; obedient; humble.
  • adj. Showing a readiness to submit; expressing submission.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined or ready to submit; yielding to power or authority; obedient; humble.
  • Testifying or showing submission: of things.
  • Synonyms Compliant, yielding, obsequious, subservient, tractable, docile; resigned, uncomplaining, unrepining, patient, long-suffering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant
  • adj. inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Golfing sportsman said it best submissive is the way to go, they know what you want out of them, and are eager to please you.

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  • She sat still, in submissive patience, her cheek pale with the working of a heart too big for that little body.


  • That they won’t see you so long as you remain submissive?

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  • Quiverfull and what could be called the submissive lifestyle are ultimately convictions of faith, and many women choose to follow them regardless of potential hardships.

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  • They also call a submissive wife a "cricket on the stove"; I just hope they're not lighting the burners to watch it jump -- no spousal abuse, please!

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  • Refers to a submissive male cross-dresser or a male submissive who is panty trained even though he is not actually a transvestite.

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  • Boy: Widely applied to male submissives, but has special meaning in gay leather culture, where it may also refer to the submissive partner in a daddy/boy relationship.

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