- noting a voice in the inflection of the verb in some languages which is used to indicate that the subject undergoes the action of the verb. Latin portātur, “he, she, or it is carried,” is in the passive voice.
- noting or pertaining to a construction similar to this in meaning, as English He is carried (opposed to active).
Origin of passive
Can be confusedaggressive passive
Examples from the Web for passive
If we want to prevent others from your fate, we need to stop being so passive on these issues.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These “smart benches” can do more than simply serve as passive producers of electricity.
It turned Web surfers into passive consumers of published content.
The “passive” comments of Senator Feinstein reflect not just a specific response to ISIS but a larger worldview.
More and more, Obama seems like a passive observer of events who dismisses criticism as superficial.
At the gang-plank were assembled the responsible heads of the expedition—who were anything but passive.The Christmas Kalends of Provence|Thomas A. Janvier
An “active” or “passive” expression of the eyes was looked upon as especially significant.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
The man who threatens with the shoulder is more passionate; but he is not the agent, he is passive.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
The same in its proportion is to be understood of the passive voice.Grammatical Sketch of the Heve Language|Buckingham Smith
One bulwark of their faith, as they had been often told, passive obedience, was being swept away.The Anglo-French Entente in the Seventeenth Century|Charles Bastide
British Dictionary definitions for passive
- containing no source of power and therefore capable only of attenuating a signala passive network
- not capable of amplifying a signal or controlling a functiona passive communications satellite
- the passive voice
- a passive verb