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  Definition of passive
  1. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb; "`The ball was thrown by the boy'' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown'' is an abbreviated passive"
  2. lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
  3. expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"
  4. peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance"
Similar Words: passive voice, inactive, peaceful

 

Attributes: passivity, passiveness

 

 
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