• WordNet 3.6
    • n submissiveness the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n submissiveness The state or quality of being submissive, in any sense of the word.
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.”
  • Neil Kendall
    Neil Kendall
    “Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.”
  • Simone Weil
    “There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.”


In literature:

There they waited, fighting their impatient souls into submission, for the brief wait would end in the acquiring of gold.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
He had twice already fallen out with Leo XIII, but had deemed it politic to make his submission.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
They deposited 4000 rupees as a token of submission, and brought in fifty firearms.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
There is a point where submission to man becomes treason against heaven.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I" by Francis Augustus Cox
On the march the prisoners were treated with clemency, on account of their being submissive and humble.
"A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa, But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America, Related by Himself" by Venture Smith
The natives, informed of his intention, were sensible of the unequal contest and endeavored to appease him by submission.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Nebuchadnezzar, after the three years of forced submission, appeared before the gates of Jerusalem with an irresistible army.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
Our whole strength lies in submission to Him.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Never have I beheld a life and deportment so thoroughly submissive.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII" by John Lord
At last the Huguenots resolved to organize and arm in their own defence, for there is a time when submission ceases to be a virtue.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord

In poetry:

And she, the aged one, bereaved,
Sits lonely in a daughter's chair,
Submissive to God's will, yet grieved,
Raising to Heaven the silent prayer;
Her faith and love and hopes are there —
"To A Lady Who Had Lost A Relative" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Full shall thy house be — fertile ev'ry field —
Grief and misfortune thou shalt never know —
And much increase thy flocks and vines shall yield;
If thou to God shalt due submission show.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Ah! deceive not thyself by a vain hope like this,
Nor expect in this world to enjoy lasting peace:
But bow with submission to God's holy will,
For the hand that afflicts is thy kind Father's still.
"The Clouds Return After The Rain" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
The Wood to the Mountain submissively bends,
Whose blue misty summits first glow with the sun!
See thence a gay train by the wild rill descends
To join the glad sports:... hark! the tumult's begun.
"The Milk Maid on the First of May" by Robert Bloomfield
But the shepherd whom Cupid has pierced to the heart
Will submissive adore, and rejoice in the smart;
Or, in plaintive soft murmurs, his bosom-felt woe
Like the smooth gliding current of rivers will flow.
""Let the nymph still avoid and be deaf to the swain"" by Tobias Smollett
Oh, well it is for baby, safe, and past all toil and grieving,
The dear head is laid so early on a loving Saviour's breast;
Be not faithless, oh my friends, but submissive and believing,
The Hand that makes no blunders hath laid the babe at rest
"Weep With Those Who Weep" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

When we put out the call for owners of flathead -powered Ford V-8s to send us photographs of their cars, we figured we would receive two or three-dozen submissions.
FDA and Industry Actions on Premarket Notification (510(k)) Submissions: Effect on FDA Review Clock and Goals.
2003 Voluntary Audit Report Submission Pilot Program.
We'll post your submissions below.
The Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale Western Art Show is accepting submissions for the January 2013 show and sale.
Your submission may run in the online Hookshot gallery or in the newspaper, or both.
With the exception of their submission to the 'Footloose' soundtrack, Big and Rich have just released their first new single since 2007.
Editor's Note: Part of the following submission from Gladbrook Mayor and Tama county Economic Development Board Member Keith Sash was not received by The News-Herald.
This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.
Can a submissive wife be a commanding president.
We welcome community submissions, but are not able to publish all listings we receive.
Send us your story and photos through our submission form.
John Battle pressed Haysi into submission and host Virginia High did the same with Hurley .
Keira Knightley Spanks Me Into Submission.
Greater Midwest Submission Hunt Results.

In science:

We hope the groups can go through this procedure by the time of LOI submission and conduct necessary R&Ds through the Technical Design Phase-I.
Research Director's Report
Does the electron somehow go through both slits at once? We are FAPPed into submission by being told that this is a question that FAPP mechanics cannot and will not answer.
A Quantum Past
Conference paper assignment, i.e., the task of assigning paper submissions to reviewers, presents multi-faceted issues for recommender systems research.
Recommender Systems for the Conference Paper Assignment Problem
In a typical conference submission process, authors are requested to denote primary and secondary categories appropriate for their papers.
Recommender Systems for the Conference Paper Assignment Problem
The number of submissions is actually higher, as each manuscript is often reviewed several times before publication.
Accelerating the pace of discovery by changing the peer review algorithm