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"
  2. PASSIVELY.
  3. ( grammar) passive voice
  4. expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; " academics seem to favor passive sentences"
  5. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene.
  6. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
  7. Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.
  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.
  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.
  10. Suffering: unresisting: not acting: ( gram.) expressing the suffering of an action.
  11. Unresisting; not acting.
  12. Pertaining to a form of verb that represents the subject of the verb as the object of the action.
  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.
  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.
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