What is another word for passive?

Synonyms for passive
ˈpæs ɪvpas·sive

This thesaurus page includes all potential synonyms, words with the same meaning and similar terms for the word passive.

Wiktionary3.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. passive

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

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

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 1 vote

  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

Matched Categories

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. passiveadjective

    quiet, quiescent, inert, inactive, not active

  2. passiveadjective

    unresisting, submissive, patient, long-suffering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. passiveadjective

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

How to pronounce passive?

How to say passive in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency


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. Ronald Tate:

    This was my baby, who I was willing to allow to go into this type of dangerous work, a guy who understood and loved everybody. Peaceful, passive, understanding. Wouldn't hurt anybody.

  3. George Orwell:

    For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavouring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.

  4. Craig Singleton:

    China is keen to exploit cleavages in our defenses to acquire information it considers sensitive and treating this issue as a pure law enforcement matter only plays to China's strategy, because doing so does not account for China's passive collection of information in support of its military aims.

  5. Abraham Myerson:

    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.

Translations for passive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for passive »


Find a translation for the passive synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"passive." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 18 May 2024. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/passive>.

Discuss these passive synonyms with the community:


    Are we missing a good synonym for passive?

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Synonyms.com


    Are you a human thesaurus?

    What word is a synonym for Beautiful?
    A Unprepossessing
    B Pulchritudinous
    C Consanguineous
    D Embourgeoisement

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for passive: