passive smoking


noun

the inhaling of cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke of others, especially by a nonsmoker in an enclosed area.

Nearby words

  1. passive obedience,
  2. passive reason,
  3. passive resistance,
  4. passive restraint,
  5. passive safety,
  6. passive transfer,
  7. passive tremor,
  8. passive vocabulary,
  9. passive voice,
  10. passive-aggressive

Origin of passive smoking

First recorded in 1970–75

Also called passive inhalation.

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British Dictionary definitions for passive smoking

passive smoking

noun

the inhalation of smoke from other people's cigarettes by a nonsmoker
Derived Formspassive smoker, noun

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