1 lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith [syn: inactive] [ant: active]
2 peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance" [syn: peaceful]
3 expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences" [ant: active] n : 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" [syn: passive voice] [ant: active voice]
- Something that is not active, but rather is acted upon.
- When the subject of
a sentence has an
action done to them.
- The passive form of “A meteorite hit the earth” is “The earth was hit by a meteorite.”
- Remaining neutral or
submissive during an
- He remained passive during the protest.
- In same-sex male relationships, the bottom or receptive sexual partner, opposite the active.
- In BDSM relationships, the submissive or bottom partner, opposite the active.
receptive sexual partner (gay)
passive voice in grammar
remaining neutral, taking no action
Passive is the opposite of active. It has several specific meanings:
- Passive voice of a verb
- Passivation is the formation of a non-reactive surface film that inhibits further corrosion of a metal
- Passive components in electronics
- Passive mode in File Transfer Protocol
- Passive house, a standard for energy efficient buildings
- The passive partner in a sexual activity
- "Passive" (song), by A Perfect Circle from their album eMOTIVe
- Not affecting physical matter
- as in telepathy: see Psionics#Passive
passive in German: Passiv
passive in French: Passif
passive in Slovak: Pasívnosť
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