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passive British & World English

Accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance

passive English Thesaurus

he played only a passive role in the proceedings

non-passive British & World English

Active; not passive

passive voice British & World English

A form or set of forms of a verb in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb (e.g. they were killed as opposed to the active form he killed them)

passive matrix British & World English

A display system in which individual pixels are selected using two control voltages for the row and column

passive smoking British & World English

The involuntary inhaling of smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes

passive-aggressive British & World English

Of or denoting a type of behaviour or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation

passive immunity British & World English

The short-term immunity which results from the introduction of antibodies from another person or animal

passive resistance British & World English

Non-violent opposition to authority, especially a refusal to cooperate with legal requirements

passive restraint British & World English

A car safety device that is activated by the force of a collision or other sudden stop and that aims to prevent injury to a passenger