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Dictionary definition for: Passive

1. (n) 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; "The ball was thrown by the boy" uses the passive voice" "The ball was thrown" is an abbreviated passive"

2. (a) lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith

3. (s) peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance"

4. (a) expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

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