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Meaning of PASSIVE in English
  1. expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb
  2. lacking in energy or will
  3. peacefully resistant in response to injustice
  4. 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
  5. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene.
  6. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
  7. Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.
  8. Designating certain morbid conditions, as hemorrhage or dropsy, characterized by relaxation of the vessels and tissues, with deficient vitality and lack of reaction in the affected tissues.
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PASSIVE Sentence, Example and Usage

Examples and usage of PASSIVE in prose and poetry

To better understand the meaning of PASSIVE, certain examples of its usage are presented.Examples from famous English prose on the use of the word PASSIVE

  1. "She really was both innocent and corrupt, but a sweet and passive woman"

    The word/phrase 'passive' was used by 'Leo Tolstoy' in 'Anna karenina'.
  2. "Fatigue would make him passive"

    'George Eliot' has used the passive in the novel Middlemarch.
Usage of "PASSIVE": Examples from famous English Poetry

  1. "And drink; and ah! the passive lip i kiss'd"
    - This term passive was used by Edward Fitzgerald in the Poem The rubáiyát of omar khayyám.

Usage of "PASSIVE" in sentences

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

  2. "Aggravated by passive resistance"

  3. "Her approach was the opposite of a passive front-porch campaign"

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