(adj.) = submissive ; docile ; obsequious ; compliant ; acquiescent. Ex: Male librarians believed the public's image of themselves to be more submissive, meek, nervous, effeminate, reserved, following, subdued and less approachable, athletic, and attractive than the undergraduate sample actually saw them. Ex: Was she, too, destined to become as docile and obedient as the other staff members appeared to be?. Ex: It was equally embarrassing to see her behave in such an obsequious manner. Ex: A compliant and motivated client will participate enthusiastically in a treatment, whereas the recalcitrant client will resist therapeutic interventions. Ex: Now I look back and wonder why I put up with so much, why I was so acquiescent.