passive voice, passive(adj)
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"
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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How to use passive in a sentence?
More and more money is going to passive products and strategies and away from active managers - who have failed to meet the returns of the indices, passive products are by definition not as energetic - it is a strategy that trades less actively - compared to active managers.
They say that Trump Foundation was a passive recipient of the transactions, to use the modern parlance, that's not a thing.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
We were quite surprised by this as we thought things would be getting better, it could be unconscious bias where people don't even realize they're selecting males, it could be passive in that males are easier to catch or easier to see in the wild, or maybe conservation concerns leading collectors to avoid females.
Passive strategies, like new windows or insulation, can be very effective for nocturnal noise exposure, but should really be our last resort, noise that is not produced can not have effects.
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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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