Obedient vs. Submissive

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  • Obedient (adjective)

    Willing to comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of those in authority.

    "Jessica was so intensely obedient of her parents that her brother sometimes thought she was a robot."

  • Obedient (noun)

    One who obeys.

  • Submissive (adjective)

    Meekly obedient or passive.

  • Submissive (noun)

    One who submits to a dominant partner in sexual practices.

  • Submissive (noun)

    One who submits.

  • Obedient (adjective)

    Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command.

  • Submissive (adjective)

    Inclined or ready to submit; acknowledging one's inferiority; yielding; obedient; humble.

  • Submissive (adjective)

    Showing a readiness to submit; expressing submission; as, a submissive demeanor.

Webster Dictionary
  • Obedient (adjective)

    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority;

    "an obedient soldier"

    "obedient children"

    "a little man obedient to his wife"

    "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"

  • Submissive (adjective)

    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination;

    "submissive servants"

    "a submissive reply"

    "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"

  • Submissive (adjective)

    willing to submit without resistance to authority; deferent

  • Submissive (adjective)

    abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant;

    "slavish devotion to her job ruled her life"

    "a slavish yes-man to the party bosses"

    "she has become submissive and subservient"

Princeton's WordNet

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