Dictionary Results for passive


1. 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"

Synonym(s): passive_voice

Hypernym(s): voice

Antonym(s): active_voice




2. 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

Synonym(s): inactive

Antonym(s): active




3. passive - adjective

· peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance"

Synonym(s): peaceful




4. passive - adjective

· expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

Antonym(s): active





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