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Synonyms for passive
ˈpæs ɪvpas·sive

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  1. passiveadjective

    idle, disinterested, uninvolved, inactive

    active, aggressive

  2. passiveadjective

    Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.

    uninvolved, inactive, disinterested, idle

    active, aggressive

  3. passiveadjective

    Taking no action.

    He remained passive during the protest.

    uninvolved, inactive, idle, disinterested

    aggressive, active

  4. passiveadjective

    Being in the passive voice.

    idle, inactive, uninvolved, disinterested

    active, aggressive

  5. passiveadjective

    Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.

    idle, uninvolved, disinterested, inactive

    active, aggressive

  6. passiveadjective

    Not participating in management.

    idle, disinterested, uninvolved, inactive

    active, aggressive

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. passive

    inactive, inert, quiescent, unresisting, unquestioning, negative, enduring, patient

    active, alert, resistant, positive, unsubmissive, malcontent, vehement, impatient

Princeton's WordNet

  1. passive voice, passiveadjective

    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"

    passive voice

    hands-on, active, proactive, activist, activistic, violent

  2. passive, inactiveadjective

    lacking in energy or will

    "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith

    dormant, still, inactive, peaceful, nonoperational, static, motionless

    proactive, violent, activistic, active, hands-on, activist

  3. passive, peacefuladjective

    peacefully resistant in response to injustice

    "passive resistance"

    peaceable, inactive, peaceful

    hands-on, active, violent, activist, activistic, proactive

  4. passiveadjective

    expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb

    "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

    inactive, peaceful

    activistic, proactive, violent, activist, active, hands-on

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. passiveadjective

    quiet, quiescent, inert, inactive, not active

  2. passiveadjective

    unresisting, submissive, patient, long-suffering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. passiveadjective

    inactive, quiet, inert, receptive, quiescent, patient, unresisting, submissive

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How to use passive in a sentence?

  1. David Ross:

    In most deaths by road accident, the adolescent is a passive victim, in only a small proportion are they the driver.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    True love/leader ought/is meant to be 100% active all-round/all times, not at all passive. Yes of course, that's just how/the way he/she should be.

  3. Woody Allen:

    I call that mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master, which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith, and receives new truth as an angel from Heaven.

  4. Michael Goforth:

    It can be a really passive, intuitive thing. That's kind of what your goal is, is to let the water do all the work, and you use your paddle to assist when it's not perfect.

  5. Bryan Clark:

    At the end of WWII we did not have an undersea advantage. The Germans had developed submarines with snorkels and the US was searching for how they would deal with them. The new subs could avoid radar detection and were quiet when using their batteries. Then, nuclear submarines came along. Passive sonar worked really well against them because they make noise continuously. Passive sonar works well against nuclear submarines and is less effective against diesels.

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