|1.||[ adjective ] lacking in energy or will|
"Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
|Related terms:||active hands-off resistless passivity|
|2.||[ adjective ] peacefully resistant in response to injustice|
|3.||[ adjective ] (grammar) passive voice, expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb|
"academics seem to favor passive sentences"
|Related terms:||active grammar|
|4.||[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) 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"
|Related terms:||active_voice voice|