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Synonyms for submissive
səbˈmɪs ɪvsub·mis·sive

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  1. submissiveadjective

    obedient, meek, timid, docile, slavish

    dominant, domineering

  2. submissiveadjective

    Meekly obedient or passive.

    obedient, meek, docile, timid, slavish

    domineering, dominant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. submissive

    One who is docile is easily taught; one who is tractable is easily led; one who is pliant is easily bent in any direction; compliant represents one as inclined or persuaded to agreement with another's will. Compare DUTY.

    amenable, compliant, docile, gentle, manageable, obedient, pliable, pliant, tame, teachable, tractable, yielding

    determined, dogged, firm, inflexible, intractable, obstinate, opinionated, resolute, self-willed, stubborn, unyielding, wilful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. submissiveadjective

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

    "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"

    subservient, slavish

    autocratic, high-and-mighty, bossy, tyrannous, tyrannical, unsubmissive, dictatorial, unservile, dominating, bullying, high-handed, peremptory, blustery, oppressive, authoritarian, roughshod, cavalier, domineering, magisterial, heavy-handed, overbearing

  2. slavish, subservient, submissiveadjective

    abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant

    "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"; "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"- S.H.Adams; "she has become submissive and subservient"

    subservient, slavish, instrumental, implemental

    high-handed, peremptory, bullying, high-and-mighty, autocratic, unsubmissive, heavy-handed, unservile, bossy, blustery, oppressive, cavalier, tyrannical, magisterial, overbearing, tyrannous, domineering, authoritarian, dictatorial, dominating, roughshod

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. submissiveadjective

    yielding, tractable, pliant, docile

  2. submissiveadjective

    obedient, resigned, uncomplaining, unrepining, patient, long-suffering

  3. submissiveadjective

    humble, meek, lowly, profound

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. submissiveadjective

    yielding, obedient, tractable, meek, resigned, passive

    insubmissive, defiant, intractable, rebellious, refractory

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "submissive":

    slavish, docile

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

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  1. Leon Lessinger:

    Human beings are full of emotion, and the teacher who knows how to use it will have dedicated learners. It means sending dominant signals instead of submissive ones with your eyes, body and voice.

  2. Hermann Hesse:

    The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

  3. Pope Francis:

    A good father knows how to wait and knows how to forgive from the bottom of his heart. Of course he can also discipline with a firm hand: he's not weak, submissive, sentimental, this father knows how to discipline without demeaning; he knows how to protect without restraint.

  4. Nisar Hussain:

    She was religious, but a very normal person as well. She was a very hardworking and submissive student. She never created any problem in the class. She was an obedient girl. I cannot even imagine how she could murder people.

  5. William O. Douglas:

    Man is about to be an automaton; he is identifiable only in the computer. As a person of worth and creativity, as a being with an infinite potential, he retreats and battles the forces that make him inhuman. The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer.

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