from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined or willing to submit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Inclined or ready to submit; yielding to power or authority; obedient; humble.
  • Testifying or showing submission: of things.
  • Synonyms Compliant, yielding, obsequious, subservient, tractable, docile; resigned, uncomplaining, unrepining, patient, long-suffering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Inclined or ready to submit; acknowledging one's inferiority; yielding; obedient; humble.
  • adjective Showing a readiness to submit; expressing submission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one who submits
  • adjective Meekly obedient or passive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant
  • adjective inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination


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