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adjective (a)

  • lacking in energy or will (adj.all)
    Synonym: inactive
    Antonym: active
    Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself.
    source: wordnet30
  • expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb (adj.all)
    Academics seem to favor passive sentences.
    source: wordnet30
  • Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (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 (noun.linkdef)
    Synonym: passive voice
    Antonym: active, active voice
    `The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice.
    `The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive.
    source: wordnet30

adjective satellite (s)

  • peacefully resistant in response to injustice (adj.all)
    Synonym: peaceful
    Passive resistance.
    source: wordnet30

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