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passive

(noun) 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"

(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

(adjective) expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

(adjective satellite) peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance"

 

Source: WordNet 2.0 Copyright 2003 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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