In BDSM and roleplay, domination refers to the act of exercising control over a submissive partner (often referred to as the “sub”).

The dominating partner (or “dom”) may take control in a variety of ways, and doms and subs will sometimes switch roles. Many couples create a safe word or take other steps to clearly set limits before engaging in any role playing; see “Submission/Submissive/Sub” for more information.