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  1. 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"


  1. passive voice(Noun)

    The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.

  2. passive voice(Noun)

    Any construction that obscures the agent of an action, or the agency of said agent.

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