Meaning of “submissive” in the English Dictionary

"submissive" in English

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submissiveadjective

uk /səbˈmɪs.ɪv/ us /səbˈmɪs.ɪv/
submissively
adverb uk /səbˈmɪs.ɪv.li/ us /səbˈmɪs.ɪv.li/
submissiveness
noun [ U ] uk /səbˈmɪs.ɪv.nəs/ us /səbˈmɪs.ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “submissive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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submissiveadjective

us /səbˈmɪs·ɪv/

showing a willingness to be controlled by other people:

a submissive gesture

(Definition of “submissive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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submissive

Violence against women cannot be eliminated without addressing the factors that contribute, directly or indirectly, to women being in a submissive position.
The interests of human beings, of the citizen, are non-existent, because the citizen is just an uneducated consumer and therefore submissive.
Thirdly, a few days later, he whipped the undemocratic law on the press through a submissive parliament; this law gags all journalists.
We should very much like the framework to be less submissive and the strategic moderations and corrections to be more forthright.