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submissive
used in David Copperfield

7 uses
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Definition inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • My mother glances submissively at them, shuts the book, and lays it by as an arrear to be worked out when my other tasks are done.
    Chapters 4-6 (24% in)
  • If he shows his face near it, mine assumes an imploring and submissive expression.
    Chapters 7-9 (5% in)
  • And he takes,' said my mother, with the tears which were engendered in her affectionate nature, stealing down her face, 'he takes great pains with me; and I ought to be very thankful to him, and very submissive to him even in my thoughts; and when I am not, Peggotty, I worry and condemn myself, and feel doubtful of my own heart, and don't know what to do.'
    Chapters 7-9 (58% in)
  • I submissively expressed, by my silence, my acquiescence in all I had heard from my superior in years and knowledge; and we talked about The Stranger and the Drama, and the pairs of horses, until we came to Mr. Spenlow's gate.
    Chapters 25-27 (55% in)
  • Presently, he proceeded as before: 'It only remains for me, to bear the knowledge of the unhappiness I have occasioned, as submissively as I can.
    Chapters 40-42 (85% in)
  • 'All that has ever been in my mind, since I was married,' she said in a low, submissive, tender voice, 'I will lay bare before you.
    Chapters 43-45 (85% in)
  • 'I beg your pardon, miss,' he said, awakening from his abstraction, 'but, however submissive to you, I have my position, though a servant.
    Chapters 46-48 (18% in)

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