Origin of submissivefrom Classical Latin submissus, past participle of submittere (see submit) + -ive
The definition of submissive is willing to do what others want.
An example of submissive is a servant who does every last thing his boss says to do.
Inclined or willing to submit.
- one who submits
- To Nur-ed-din he was invariably submissive, but from the vigour which he employed in adding to the fortifications of Cairo and the haste with which he retreated from an attack on Montreal (1171) and Kerak (1173) it is clear that he feared his lord's jealousy.
- Natasha went back to her father in the other box, now quite submissive to the world she found herself in.
- But the proud Israelites did not remain submissive for long; Damascus had indeed fallen, but neither Philistia nor Edom had yet been crushed.
- In many cases sober convictions or submissive assent supplied the want of spontaneous enthusiasm.
- There he disowned the sermons of the pardonsellers, let it be seen that he did not approve of the action of the Legate, and so prevailed with Luther that the latter promised to write a submissive letter to the pope, to exhort people to reverence the Roman See, to say that Indulgences were useful to remit canonical penances, and to promise to write no more on the matter unless he happened to be attacked.