What does passive voice mean?

Definitions for passive voice

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Princeton's WordNet

  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passive voice in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passive voice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sydney Harris:

    We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice-that is, until we have stopped saying 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.'

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