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    passive - Dictionary definition and meaning for word passive

    Definition
    (noun) 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
    Synonyms : passive voice
    Example Sentence
    • `The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice
    • `The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive
    Definition
    (adj) lacking in energy or will
    Synonyms : inactive
    Example Sentence
    • Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself
    Definition
    (adj) peacefully resistant in response to injustice
    Synonyms : peaceful
    Example Sentence
    • passive resistance
    Definition
    (adj) expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb
    Example Sentence
    • academics seem to favor passive sentences
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