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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

passive use British & World English

A use in which one party possesses an estate while another enjoys the profits arising from it; a permissive use.

non-passive British & World English

Active; not passive

medio-passive British & World English

Relating to or designating the middle voice of a verb, or a voice equivalent to the middle and passive voices.

passive debt British & World English

A debt which a person owes, as opposed to one which he or she is owed (now rare).

passive rate British & World English

The projected rate of economic growth plus the rate of inflation expected.

passive smoke British & World English

Smoke inhaled as a result of passive smoking.

passive title British & World English

The legal position or right of an heir or executor who comes to be held liable for the debts of a dead person after having accepted his or her property.

passive trust British & World English

A nominal trust; a trust on which the trustees have no duty to perform.

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)

active-passive British & World English

Of or designating a verb used intransitively with passive meaning.

activo-passive British & World English

Grammar. Of or designating a verb used intransitively with passive meaning.

passive prayer British & World English

Religious devotion achieved by emptying one's mind.

passive-resist British & World English

To practise passive resistance.

passive smoker British & World English

A person subject to passive smoking.

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 commerce British & World English

Commerce in which the products of one country are transported by people of another.

passive-dependent British & World English

Designating, displaying, or characteristic of a personality type or disorder characterized by both passiveness and emotional overdependence on other people.

passive euthanasia British & World English

The withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment in the knowledge that the person concerned will die.

passive obedience British & World English

Theology the submission of Christ to the will of his Father, leading to his suffering and death on the Cross.

passive-resister British & World English

A person who advocates or practises passive resistance.

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

passive transport British & World English

The carrying or conveyance of an organism, substance, etc., from one location to another without any effort or expenditure of energy on the part of the thing carried; (Biochemistry) the movement of molecules or ions across a cellular membrane without expenditure of chemical energy, as by diffusion or osmosis.

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 representation British & World English

The tacit acceptance of liability for the debts of a dead person by an heir or executor.