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ˈpæs ɪvpas·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. passive voice, passive(adj)

    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. passive, inactive(adj)

    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. passive, peaceful(adj)

    peacefully resistant in response to injustice

    "passive resistance"

  4. passive(adj)

    expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb

    "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

Wiktionary

  1. passive(Noun)

    The passive voice of verbs.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  2. passive(Noun)

    A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  3. passive(Adjective)

    Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  4. passive(Adjective)

    Taking no action.

    He remained passive during the protest.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  5. passive(Adjective)

    Being in the passive voice.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  6. passive(Adjective)

    Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

  7. passive(Adjective)

    Not participating in management.

    Etymology: From passif, from passivus, from pati, past participle of passus; compare patient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passive(adj)

    not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene

  2. Passive(adj)

    receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission

  3. Passive(adj)

    inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive

  4. Passive(adj)

    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

Freebase

  1. Passive

    "Passive" is a song from the band A Perfect Circle's 2004 album eMOTIVe The song is a remake of the song "Vacant" by the now-defunct band Tapeworm. "Vacant" was notably first performed by A Perfect Circle without Trent Reznor's agreement.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Passive

    pas′iv, adj. suffering, unresisting: not acting: (gram.) expressing the suffering of an action by the subject of the verb.—adv. Pass′ively.—ns. Pass′iveness, Passiv′ity, inactivity: patience: tendency of a body to preserve a given state, either of motion or of rest. [Fr.,—L. passivuspati, suffer.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. passive

    In surveillance, an adjective applied to actions or equipments which emit no energy capable of being detected.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passive' in Adjectives Frequency: #812

How to pronounce passive?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of passive in a Sentence

  1. Ronald Tate:

    This was my baby, who I was willing to allow to go into this type of dangerous work, a guy who understood and loved everybody. Peaceful, passive, understanding. Wouldn't hurt anybody.

  2. The Church:

    Under the index, the Pensions Board portfolio will have a 49.1% lower carbon intensity than its current passive allocation, were the latter companies (ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP) to set emissions targets covering all their emissions that align to the Paris Agreement then the Index rules would allow inclusion.

  3. Gary Hunley:

    She was not a passive first lady.

  4. Mao Zedong:

    Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.

  5. George Orwell:

    For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavouring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. summon
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