Associations to the word «Passive»


PASSIVE, adjective. Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.
PASSIVE, adjective. Taking no action.
PASSIVE, adjective. (grammar) Being in the passive voice.
PASSIVE, adjective. (psychology) Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
PASSIVE, adjective. (finance) Not participating in management.
PASSIVE, adjective. (aviation) Without motive power.
PASSIVE, noun. (uncountable) (grammar) The passive voice of verbs.
PASSIVE, noun. (countable) (grammar) A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.
PASSIVE ARMOUR, noun. (British) (Canada) Shielding that is chemically inert (unlike reactive armour) and does not require electricity or active sensors to operate. It is usually made of metal, ceramic, or in some cases, composite materials.
PASSIVE ARMOURS, noun. Plural of passive armour
PASSIVE IMMUNITY, noun. (immunology) The translocation of active humoral immunity from one individual to another in the form of custom-made antibodies.
PASSIVE INCOME, noun. (finance) Regular monetary income that is not received as direct remuneration for employment, such as pension income, rent, or interest.
PASSIVE INVESTOR, noun. (business) An investor in a business who by agreement or otherwise can not take an active role in the management of the business.
PASSIVE IRON, noun. (chemistry) Iron that has been subjected to the action of heat, strong nitric acid, chlorine, etc. It is then not easily acted upon by acids.
PASSIVE MATRICES, noun. Plural of passive matrix
PASSIVE MATRIX, noun. A form of liquid crystal display in which the pixels must maintain their state without active driving circuitry until they are next refreshed, contrasted with active matrix.
PASSIVE PARTICIPLE, noun. (grammar) A participle indicating an ongoing or completed action or state in the passive voice, where a noun modified by the participle is taken to represent the patient of the action denoted by the verb.
PASSIVE RADAR, noun. A receive-only radar that uses ambient radio signals for search, tracking, surveillance, identification, guidance and mapping.
PASSIVE SMOKING, noun. The inhalation of tobacco smoke by a non-smoker due to proximity to smokers.
PASSIVE SOLAR, adjective. Making direct use of solar energy without first converting it to another form such as electricity.
PASSIVE VOCABULARY, noun. The words and phrases, collectively, that someone understands in speech and writing but does not commonly use.
PASSIVE VOICE, noun. (grammar) The form of a transitive verb in which its subject receives the action.
PASSIVE VOICE, noun. (proscribed) Any construction that obscures the agent of an action, or the agency of said agent.

Dictionary definition

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".
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.
PASSIVE, adjective. Peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance".
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".

Wise words

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