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pas·sive

 (păs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Receiving or subjected to an action without responding or initiating an action in return: the mind viewed as a passive receptacle for sensory experience.
2. Accepting or submitting without objection or resistance; submissive: a passive acceptance of one's fate.
3. Existing, conducted, or experienced without active or concerted effort: "Although tick paralysis is a reportable disease in Washington, surveillance is passive, and only 10 cases were reported during 1987-1995" (US Department of Health and Human Services). "[Many parents believe] that computers are educational and, at the least, less passive than television" (Laurie Hays).
4. Of, relating to, or being certain bonds or shares that do not bear financial interest.
5. Of, relating to, or being a solar heating or cooling system that uses no external mechanical power.
6. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject is the object of the action or the effect of the verb. For example, in the sentence They were impressed by his manner, were impressed is in the passive voice.
7. Chemistry Unreactive except under special or extreme conditions; inert.
8. Electronics Exhibiting no gain or contributing no energy: a passive circuit element.
9. Psychology Relating to or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
n. Grammar
1. The passive voice.
2. A verb or construction in the passive voice.

[Middle English, from Old French passif, from Latin passīvus, subject to emotion, the passive, from passus, past participle of patī, to suffer; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

pas′sive·ly adv.
pas′sive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.passively - in a passive manner; "he listened passively"
actively - in an active manner; "he participated actively in the war"
Translations
بِصورَةٍ غير فَعّالَه
netečně
passzívan
í òolmynd; aîgerîalaust
pasívne
pasif olaraktepki göstermeden

passively

[ˈpæsɪvlɪ] ADVpasivamente

passively

[ˈpæsɪvli] adv [accept] → passivement
He sat passively, waiting for
BUT Il était assis là, passif, attendant que.
They watched passively as she → Ils la regardaient, passifs, tandis qu'elle ...passive resistance nrésistance f passivepassive smoking ntabagisme m passif

passively

advpassiv; acceptwiderstandslos, widerspruchslos; watch etctatenlos

passively

[ˈpæsɪvlɪ] advpassivamente

passive

(ˈpӕsiv) adjective
1. showing no interest, emotion etc, or not resisting an attack etc. The villagers showed passive resistance to the enemy
2. of the form of the verb used when the subject receives the action of the verb. The boy was bitten by the dog.
ˈpassively adverb
ˈpassiveness noun
pasˈsivity noun
References in classic literature ?
We are on a perilous margin when we begin to look passively at our future selves, and see our own figures led with dull consent into insipid misdoing and shabby achievement.
In tempestuous times like these, after everything above and aloft has been secured, nothing more can be done but passively to await the issue of the gale.
So I waited passively upon fate; and the work of transferring Montgomery's possessions to the launch went on as if I did not exist.
Raoul, therefore, had, in compliance with the wish of his father, served obstinately and passively the fortunes of Louis XIV.
But by the time she had got back to the village she was passively trusting to the favour of accident.
I have been mad to stay with you for four years, to look on, however passively, at all the evil you have done.
Was he to submit thus passively to a feathered creature however enormous?
Wylie had learnt by rote that the whole duty of a lady is to be graceful, charitable, helpful, modest, and disinterested whilst awaiting passively whatever lot these virtues may induce.
sighed Richard, shaking his head and passively obeying Moncharmin.
He submitted passively to the latter's directing strength.
Their arm-chairs were drawn up on either side of the fire, and each sat in the same slightly crouched position, looking into the coals, with the expressions of people who have had their share of experiences and wait, rather passively, for something to happen.
But to be severed from him by the murderous hand of a man, was more than Emily's fervent nature could passively endure.