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English adjective: submissive

1. submissive inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination

SamplesSubmissive servants.
A submissive reply.
Replacing troublemakers with more submissive people.

Similarabject, bowed, bowing, cringing, dominated, groveling, grovelling, henpecked, meek, spiritless, wormlike, wormy

See alsohumble, obedient, subordinate, unassertive


2. submissive abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

SamplesSlavish devotion to her job ruled her life.
A slavish yes-man to the party bosses.
She has become submissive and subservient.

Synonymsslavish, subservient


Antonymsunservile, unsubmissive

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