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Definitions 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. PASSIVELY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. (grammar) passive voice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Suffering without resisting; not acting but acted upon; as, a passive disposition; submissive; in grammar, indicating that form of the transitive verb which asserts that the subject is acted upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Suffering: unresisting: not acting: (gram.) expressing the suffering of an action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Unresisting; not acting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Pertaining to a form of verb that represents the subject of the verb as the object of the action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Suffering; not acting; receptive; unresisting; not opposing. Passive verb, that form of the verb which implies passion or being acted, upon Passive obedience, impl.cit obedience, as due to a sovereign. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Not opposing or resisting; suffering without resistance; submissive; denoting that form of a verb in which the object of the active voice becomes the subject. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for passive

  1. Cease everything, even thinking, so far as it can be stopped, and remain passive thirty seconds. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  2. At another time her mother might have been startled at her passive obedience. – Openings in the Old Trail by Bret Harte