- inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants.
- marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply.
submissive (or passive) behavior means shying away from saying what you really mean and not seeking to achieve your needs, particularly when someone else has conflicting needs. A submissive person is a shrinking violet, avoiding upsetting others either because they fear them or they fear to hurt their feelings.
Why Weak Men Want Submissive Women (excellent article!)
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