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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where passive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice
  • `The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive

Synonyms for passive in the sense of this definition

(passive is a kind of ...) (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes

Definition 2: lacking in energy or will - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where passive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself

Synonyms for passive in the sense of this definition

(passive is similar to ...) not involving participation or intervention

"a hands-off foreign policy"

(passive is similar to ...) offering no resistance

"resistless hostages"

(passive is similar to ...) passive as a result of indolence or indifference

"No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried"

(... are attributes of passive) the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative

Definition 3: expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where passive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • academics seem to favor passive sentences

(passive belongs to category ...) the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)

Definition 4: peacefully resistant in response to injustice - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where passive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • passive resistance

Synonyms for passive in the sense of this definition

(passive is similar to ...) abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence

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