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definition of the word passive

by the Wiktionnary

< French passif < Latin passivus (serving to express the suffering of an action; in LL. literally capable of suffering or feeling) < pati (to suffer), pp. passus; see patient.

passive (comparative more passive, superlative most passive)


more passive

most passive

  1. Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.
  2. Taking no action.
    He remained passive during the protest.
  3. (grammar) Being in the passive voice.
    The passive form of “A meteorite hit the earth” is “The earth was hit by a meteorite.”
  4. (psychology) Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
  5. (finance) Not bearing interest.

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