[Word-ology] Submissive = Sub + Miss +Ive

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

dissension=dis [not]+sens[sense]+us [n.]

Definition:disagree;conflict of opinions

commonsensical=common [common]+sens[sense]+-ic+-al[a]

Definition: exhibiting native good judgment


Today we will learn the new roots “mis(s)-“mit-“, they mean ” to send” and are used in many words. Let’s see the word “submissive” together.

In the word “submissive“, “sub” means “under“, “miss” means “sent” and “-ive” at the end of the word indicates that the word is a adjective. By combining them together we can deduce that “submissive” means “send (put) oneself under other’s control“.

In Cambridge Dictionary, “submissive” means “allowing yourself to be controlled by other people “, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here are two examples to use “submissive :

He was looking for a quiet, submissive wife who would obey his every word.

In the presence of older birds, the younger eagles tend to be submissive.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

manumit = man [hand] + u + mit [send]

remiss = re- [back] + miss [send]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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