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passive

pas·sive

passive

 
 
pronunciation:
pae sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: receiving an action without acting in return, or being unresponsive to something that affects or might be expected to affect one directly.
The demonstrators remained passive as they were beaten by government troops.She was surprisingly passive when she was told the news of her husband's accident.
synonyms:
unresponsive
similar words:
accepting, dull, impassive, inert, patient, receptive, sluggish, stoic, tolerant, unaffected
definition 2: tending to offer no resistance; submissive; compliant.
Repeated beatings had caused the wife to become passive.He is so passive that people take advantage of him.
synonyms:
acquiescent, compliant, resigned, submissive, unresistant
similar words:
complaisant, deferential, docile, malleable, obedient, obliging, pliable, servile, tame, tolerant, tractable, unassertive, yielding
definition 3: not participating; inactive.
She feels that the students have become passive, not participating or taking any interest in their government.
synonyms:
inactive, inert, nonparticipating
antonyms:
active
similar words:
apathetic, dormant, impassive, indifferent, indolent, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, motionless, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, stagnant, still, torpid
definition 4: in grammar, designating the voice or form of a verb whose subject is the object of the verb's action, such as "was signed" in "The document was signed by five petitioners". (Cf. active.)
antonyms:
active
definition 5: in chemistry, exhibiting no reaction; inert.
synonyms:
inert
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part of speech: noun
definition: in grammar, the passive voice, or a verb in this voice.
antonyms:
active
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derivations: passively (adv.), passiveness (n.), passivity (n.)
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