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1accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance:the women were portrayed as passive victims Chemistry (of a metal) made unreactive by a thin inert surface layer of oxide. (of a circuit or device) containing no source of electromotive force. (of radar or a satellite) receiving or reflecting radiation from a transmitter or target rather than generating its own signal. relating to or denoting heating systems that make use of incident sunlight as an energy source.
2 Grammar denoting or relating to a voice of verbs in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb (e.g., they were killed as opposed to he killed them). The opposite of active.
a passive form of a verb.
) the passive voice.