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.
adv : in a servile manner; "he always acts so deferentially around
his superviser" [syn: deferentially]