[suh b-mis-iv] /səbˈmɪs ɪv/

inclined or ready to or yield to the authority of another; unresistingly or humbly obedient:
submissive servants.
marked by or indicating or an instance of yielding to the authority of another:
a submissive reply.
of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility

1580s, “inclined to submit,” from Latin submiss-, past participle stem of submittere (see submission) + -ive. Masochistic sexual sense is attested by 1969. As a noun in this sense, by 1985. Related: Submissively; submissiveness.


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