One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ready to conform to the authority or will of others; meekly obedient or passive.
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- ‘They seem to have all the makings of a weak, submissive government.’
- ‘Basically, I would be much more passive, submissive and altruistic.’
- ‘Steve had played games with her mind, and she had been meek and submissive.’
- ‘Gentle and debonair in manners, he knows how to be a submissive husband and cater to the needs of his sweetheart.’
- ‘She said he made the entire family proud by challenging the court and that he was never scared or submissive.’
- ‘There is, and always has been, a lot more to women than the meek, submissive weaklings that we have been made out to be throughout the centuries.’
- ‘He is likely quite uncomfortable about the prospects of appearing weak, submissive or passive.’
- ‘The prisoners were all perfectly submissive and paid every deference to the wishes of those in whose custody they were placed.’
- ‘It's too bad that some men feel they can only express their submissive side by taking on the identity of a woman.’
- ‘At the feast which follows the three bridegrooms wager on whose wife is the most docile and submissive.’
- ‘Dee believed the Angels to be obedient servants of God, submissive to the authority of Christ.’
- ‘They were not passive, submissive clients but positive enthusiasts, with a common agenda.’
- ‘I handed the boots, my letter and the reply to a pleasant, submissive sales assistant who went to fetch a manager.’
- ‘Girls grew up knowing that they had to be hardworking and submissive so that they could find good husbands who would take good care of them.’
- ‘I think it is just they are not aware of pressurising you to make you conform or to make you submissive.’
- ‘She is warlike and aggressive, not submissive and unassertive.’
- ‘He shows that slaves who seemed submissive and passive were cleverly using the language of their masters and subverting it to their own ends.’
- ‘If it is sweet, servile and submissive, a new dog could bully your first dog into a life of fear and despair.’
- ‘They must have given him some powerful drugs to have him so submissive and humble.’
- ‘But patients are not the unquestioning, submissive breed they once were.’
Late 16th century: from submission, on the pattern of pairs such as remission, remissive.
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