What does submission mean?

Definitions for submission
səbˈmɪʃ ənsub·mis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. submission, entrynoun

    something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition)

    "several of his submissions were rejected by publishers"; "what was the date of submission of your proposal?"

  2. submission, compliancenoun

    the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another

  3. submissionnoun

    the condition of having submitted to control by someone or something else

    "the union was brought into submission"; "his submission to the will of God"

  4. meekness, submissionnoun

    the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness

  5. submissionnoun

    a legal document summarizing an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter

  6. submissionnoun

    an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter

  7. submissionnoun

    (law) a contention presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury as part of the case he is arguing


  1. submissionnoun

    the act of submitting

  2. submissionnoun

    the thing which has been submitted

  3. submissionnoun

    A submission hold in wrestling.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Submissionnoun

    Etymology: soumission, Fr. from submissus, Latin.

    Submission, Dauphin! ’tis a meer French word,
    We English warriors wot not what it means. William Shakespeare.

    In all submission and humility,
    York doth present himself unto your highness. William Shakespeare.

    Great prince, by that submission you’ll gain more
    Than e’er your haughty courage won before. Charles Montagu.

    Be not as extreme in submission, as in offence. William Shakespeare.

    No duty in religion is more justly required by God Almighty than a perfect submission to his will in all things. William Temple.


  1. submission

    Deference (also called submission or passivity) is the condition of submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of one's superior or superiors. Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior, out of respect or reverence. Deference has been studied extensively by political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Submissionnoun

    the act of submitting; the act of yielding to power or authority; surrender of the person and power to the control or government of another; obedience; compliance

  2. Submissionnoun

    the state of being submissive; acknowledgement of inferiority or dependence; humble or suppliant behavior; meekness; resignation

  3. Submissionnoun

    acknowledgement of a fault; confession of error

  4. Submissionnoun

    an agreement by which parties engage to submit any matter of controversy between them to the decision of arbitrators

  5. Etymology: [L. submissio a letting down, lowering: cf. F. soumission.]


  1. Submission

    A submission is a combat sports term for yielding to the opponent, and hence resulting in an immediate defeat. The submission is commonly performed by clearly tapping the floor or the opponent with the hand or sometimes with the foot, to signal the opponent and possibly the referee of the submission. The submission can also be verbal, during which the fighter verbally informs that he is giving up. In some combative sports where the fighter has cornermen, the corner can also stop the fight by "throwing in the towel", which may count as a submission.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'submission' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3335

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'submission' in Nouns Frequency: #2240

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of submission in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of submission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of submission in a Sentence

  1. Jon Morris ':

    He literally dresses in tiny white shorts and a bandanna and skates criminals into submission, it's inspired in a way.

  2. Muhammad Shafee:

    Frankly, we were expecting an acquittal at this stage because in our submission we thought it was overwhelming, but trials, you can never predict (them).

  3. Sophocles:

    There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.

  4. Joachim Gauck:

    If mass shooters and terrorists have something in common, it is likely alone the intention to rob our feeling of security and normality, but there is one thing we will not give either the mass shooters and attackers or the terrorists: our submission.

  5. Jonathan Greenert:

    Any funding level below ... this submission will require revision to our defense strategy. And put simply, it will damage the national security of the country.

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