What is the opposite of assertive?

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Opposite of having or showing a confident and forceful personality
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Opposite of behaving, spoken or done in a determined and forceful way
Opposite of boldly self-assured
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
Opposite of having power and influence over others
“It was a disappointingly weak performance by a team supposedly in search of redemption.”
Opposite of denotes the effectiveness or dominance of a particular action
“Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.”
Opposite of inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true
Opposite of able to withstand strain or hardship
“His nervousness was apparent when he spoke with a shaky voice.”
Opposite of expressing something forcibly and clearly
Opposite of favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause
Opposite of characterized by conceited assertiveness and dogmatism
Opposite of having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed
“He maintained that last-borns are often spoiled and lazy because they don't have younger siblings challenging them.”
Opposite of making continual and persistent demands
Opposite of to an absolute degree
“Cassidy was interrogated for an hour before making a partial confession to felony murder.”
Opposite of insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way
(of a person) Opposite of having emotional or mental peace
“But that is as far as I can go in praising this decrepit and unbalanced person.”
Opposite of involving physical conflict, or having a propensity to use physical force
“I'm still a rebel, but express my anger in peaceful ways.”
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