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Passive meaning

passive - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; " academics seem to favor passive sentences"
  2. 2. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene.
  3. 3. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
  4. 4. Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.
  5. 5. Designating certain morbid conditions, as hemorrhage or dropsy, characterized by relaxation of the vessels and tissues, with deficient vitality and lack of reaction in the affected tissues.
  6. 6. Unresisting; not acting.

passive - examples of usage

  1. It is nonsense to talk of credit and passive submission." - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. But there was no active or even passive opposition. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. She who had been passive under the desires of others now felt desire active in herself. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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