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She has become silently submissive.
  inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
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  • She has become silently submissive.
  • Harriet kissed her hand in silent and submissive gratitude.
    Austen, Jane  --  Emma
  • The archdeacon had in Quasimodo the most submissive slave, the most docile lackey, the most vigilant of dogs.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • He stares at me, and I don’t look away. He isn’t a dog, but the same rules apply. Looking away is submissive. Looking him in the eye is a challenge.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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  • He was quiet and submissive.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • All are submissive, all would like to be friends, like to obey, think little.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • The kid was quick to comply and Archie was pleased at his submissiveness.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • I put my hands on the table, folding them over each other in what I hoped was a submissive pose, and waited.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Her head might have been bowed submissively, but her face was full of a white-hot rage.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Relentlessly submissive.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • "Yes, Your Majesty," she said as submissively as possible, staring at the man’s boots.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He looked nervous, standing in his white socks while the inspectors surrounded him, holding his hands submissively along his trouser seams.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • By contrast the voice of the female seemed plaintive, defensive, growing shrill at moments as if in fright but generally submissive with an undertone of pleading.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Takes a bit of effort to make you properly submissive, doesn’t it?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • You should see her with him, all timid and submissive, like she needs to bow to him and pamper him because of his genius.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • They would be quiet and submissive, with eyes turned away.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Pierre sighed, rose submissively, emptied his glass, and, waiting till all were seated again, turned with his kindly smile to Rostov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ’But not mine,’ said the Jew, submissively.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "Yes, Mas’r," said Dodo, submissively; "he got that dust on his own self."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I did not even touch your hand, and you pardoned me on seeing me so submissive and so repentant.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Instead of speaking, I smiled; and not a very complacent or submissive smile either.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "We made the money up this morning, sir," said one of the men, submissively, while the other perused Mr. Jaggers’s face.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And Laurie sat down with a submissive expression delightful to behold.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He was a plain rough man; and he made no scruple to speak his doubts of her surviving this second attack; unless she were more submissive to his directions than she had shown herself before.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • All you needed was fear, and Yossarian had plenty of that, more fear than Orr or Hungry Joe, more fear than Dunbar, who had resigned himself submissively to the idea that he must die someday.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Some went submissively; others with shrieks and protests as they were dragged away.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • "Pardon, Monsieur the Marquis!" said a ragged and submissive man, "it is a child."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Marmeladov submissively and obediently held up both arms to facilitate the search.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In about five days after, these three vagrants, almost starved with hunger, drew near our grove, and perceiving me, the governor, & two others walking by the side of the creek, they very submissively desired to be received into the family again.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Whereupon the cub covered its fangs, and sank down submissively, while the hand, returning, rubbed behind his ears, and up and down his back.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Fifty all told they are, your female slaves, trained by your lady and myself in service, wool carding and the rest of it, and taught to be submissive.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Some were hostile, some cringing, some horrified; some, who when among themselves were most violent, now appeared as submissive as children.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In the hope of being thus asked he had to tag along, patient and submissive.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Her mother’s voice brought her back to reality once more, and with a submissive "Yes, Mama," she took her place at the supper table.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He seemed too submissive to Paul, but then the Sardaukar had never been prepared for such happenings as this day.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Woody always answered softly, respectfully, with a boyish and submissive smile.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • But the remembrance of what I had felt, which probably might not be the worst they could do, and the promise of honour I made them—for so I interpreted my submissive behaviour— soon drove out these imaginations.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • For ’tis the hope of parents they may rear A brood of sons submissive, keen to avenge Their father’s wrongs, and count his friends their own.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The archdeacon had in Quasimodo the most submissive slave, the most docile lackey, the most vigilant of dogs.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But when the ruthless hand of man strikes the blow, regardless of the misery he causes, it is hard to be submissive.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Is it possible to find a more submissive slave than myself?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This bitter submissiveness made the man ugly and brutal.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • We other gods obey you, as submissive as you please, while she goes unreproved; never a word, a gesture of correction comes from you— only begetter of the insolent child.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Yes, Ancient Mistress," said the woman submissively.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • Like an ox with head bent, submissively he awaited the blow which he felt was lifted over him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • ’He too,’ repeated Bazarov, with a submissive bow.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Procure me music ready when he wakes, To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound; And if he chance to speak, be ready straight, And with a low submissive reverence Say ’What is it your honour will command?’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Unwelcome as it was, Mr. Woodhouse could only give a submissive sigh; and as Emma saw his spirits affected by the idea of his daughter’s attachment to her husband, she immediately led to such a branch of the subject as must raise them.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
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