Definitions for passive voice
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passive voice, passive(noun)
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"
The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.
Any construction that obscures the agent of an action, or the agency of said agent.
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