1. Inclined or ready to submit; acknowledging one's inferiority; yielding; obedient; humble.
Not at his feet submissive in distress,
Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking. --Milton.
2. Showing a readiness to submit; expressing submission; as, a submissive demeanor.
With a submissive step I hasted down. --Prior.
Syn: -- Obedient; compliant; yielding; obsequious; subservient; humble; modest; passive.
-- Sub*mis*sive*ly, adv. -- Sub*mis*sive*ness, n.
adj 1: 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" [ant: domineering]
2: willing to submit without resistance to authority; deferent
3: 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" [syn: slavish, subservient]