Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.
Taking no action.
He remained passive during the protest.
Being in the passive voice.
Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
Not participating in management.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
balky, fidgety, fractious, fretful, frisky, impatient, intractable, mulish, mutinous, obstinate, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, resentful, restiff, restive, restless, skittish, stubborn, unruly, vicious
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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"
lacking in energy or will
"Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
peacefully resistant in response to injustice
expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb
"academics seem to favor passive sentences"
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How to use passive in a sentence?
The mayor seemed passive.
That's what kind of made you all come up with the original' hey we're just going to knock, try to get her to the door', you know, the most passive way to serve the warrant, right.
More commonly, and what was seen in this case is the classic heat stroke -- passive heat stroke -- where people become increasingly dehydrated, we normally get rid of excess body heat by sweating and we evaporate and we lose heat via evaporation.
If you believe a holding is going to rise, then it doesn't make any sense to sell it. If you're in need of assets why not just wait a bit longer? It suggests they don't have a lot of confidence that passive equity exposure is going to be of benefit to them right now.
Society expects man to be a passive social animal who believes like the People of the Field in "Jurgen" that "to do what you always have done" and "what is expected of you" are the twin rules of life. This, is course, is not true. The wanton crucifixion of impulses, the unnecessary blocking and frustration of the drives and urges, are an evil that reflects itself in sophistication, ennui and boredom, dissatisfaction, melancholy, fatigue, anxiety and neurosis.
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- passiuCatalan, Valencian
- passiv, passivisch, unterwürfigGerman
- passiiv, loidEstonian
- پاسیو, مجهول, منفعلPersian
- passiivi, passiivimuotoinen, passiivimuoto, passiivinen, korotonFinnish
- passive, passifFrench
- fulangachScottish Gaelic
- 受動態, 受け身, 受動的Japanese
- pasiv, supusRomanian
- пассивный, бездеятельный, страдательныйRussian
- thụ động, bị độngVietnamese
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