Passive definitions

păs'ĭv
Receiving or subjected to an action without responding or initiating an action in return.

The mind viewed as a passive receptacle for sensory experience.

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Accepting or submitting without objection or resistance; submissive.

A passive acceptance of one's fate.

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Existing, conducted, or experienced without active or concerted effort.
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Of, relating to, or being certain bonds or shares that do not bear financial interest.
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Of, relating to, or being a solar heating or cooling system that uses no external mechanical power.
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Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject is the object of the action or the effect of the verb. For example, in the sentence They were impressed by his manner, were impressed is in the passive voice.
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Unreactive except under special or extreme conditions; inert.
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Exhibiting no gain or contributing no energy.

A passive circuit element.

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Relating to or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
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The passive voice.
noun
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A verb or construction in the passive voice.
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Influenced or acted upon without exerting influence or acting in return; inactive, but acted upon.
adjective
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Offering no opposition or resistance; submissive; yielding; patient.
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Taking no active part; inactive.
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Not requiring or using electric power to function.

Passive audio speakers.

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Of or relating to an investor not involved actively in management, policymaking, etc.

Passive losses.

adjective
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The passive voice.
noun
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A verb in this voice.
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The definition of passive is not reacting to something that would generally cause a response.

An example of passive is sitting quietly while someone calls you cruel names.

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Accepting or submitting without resistance or objection.
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Passive is defined as a sentence that is formed by a noun, then a verb then the phrase "by (noun)."

An example of passive is the sentence "The book was moved by the boy."

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Relating to or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
adjective
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Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.
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Not involving active participation, especially an enterprise in which an investor has no control whatsoever in its income-producing activity.
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Not active or energized, i.e., not electrically powered. A reflective satellite, for example, serves only to reflect a signal, rather than act on it to respond to requests for transponder access, amplify the received signal, detect and perhaps correct for errors in the data, resynchronize the signal, shift between uplink and downlink frequencies, or retransmit the signal.A passive optical network (PON) involves passive splitters that only split an incoming signal into two or more outgoing signals at proportionately lower signal strength.
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Taking no action.

He remained passive during the protest.

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(finance) Not participating in management.
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Refers to either the complete absence or to a reduction of electronic processing in a device. For example, "passive 3D" glasses use non-changing lenses in ordinary eyeglass frames in contrast to "active 3D" glasses that contain electronic circuits. Passive matrix displays use fewer transistors than their active matrix counterparts. See passive 3D and passive matrix. Contrast with active.
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(grammar) Being in the passive voice.
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(psychology) Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
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(uncountable, grammar) The passive voice of verbs.
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(countable, grammar) A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.
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Origin of passive

From French passif, from Latin passivus (“serving to express the suffering of an action; in late Latin literally capable of suffering or feeling”), from pati (“to suffer”), past participle of passus; compare patient.