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submissive

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Definition inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • She has become silently submissive.
submissive = inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • 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
  • submissive = inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • It's one of your favorite fantasies, isn't it? the submissive Oriental woman and the cruel white man.
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • submissive = inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • The kid was quick to comply and Archie was pleased at his submissiveness.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • submissiveness = tendency to submit to the wishes of others
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • submissive = appearing to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • All are submissive, all would like to be friends, like to obey, think little.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • submissive = inclined to submit (give in) to the wishes of others
  • He was quiet and submissive.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • submissive = inclined to submit to the wishes of others
  • Grady, Grade-E loser, ... and crystal meth submissive,
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • submissive = inclined to submit (give in)
  • You expect Oriental countries to submit to your guns, and you expect Oriental women to be submissive to your men.
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • What my lot may have in store I know not, but I am submissive to the will of God.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • And with a low submissive reverence
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Stolidly submissive to the question, as she had been stolidly submissive to the fire, Hester Dethridge wrote her reply.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • " said a ragged and submissive man, "it is a child.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • And with submissive loyalty of heart
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • replacing troublemakers with more submissive people
  • a submissive reply
  • submissive servants
  • "Yes, Your Majesty," she said as submissively as possible, staring at the man's boots.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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