passive restraint


a safety device, as an air bag or special seat belt, that is activated automatically to protect an automobile passenger at the moment of impact when a collision occurs.

Nearby words

  1. passive movement,
  2. passive noun,
  3. passive obedience,
  4. passive reason,
  5. passive resistance,
  6. passive safety,
  7. passive smoking,
  8. passive transfer,
  9. passive tremor,
  10. passive vocabulary

Origin of passive restraint

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019