HyperDic: passive

English > 4 senses of the word passive:
ADJECTIVEallpassive, inactivelacking in energy or will
allpassive, peacefulpeacefully resistant in response to injustice
allpassiveexpressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb
NOUNrelationpassive, passive voicethe voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb
passive > pronunciation
Soundspae'sihv
Rhymesabortive ... vituperative: 304 rhymes with ihv...
English > passive: 4 senses > adjective 1
Meaninglacking in energy or will.
Example"Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
Synonyminactive
Attribute ofpassivity, passivenessThe trait of remaining inactive
Narrowerhands-offnot involving participation or intervention
resistless, unresistingoffering no resistance
supinePassive as a result of indolence or indifference
Oppositeactivedisposed to take action or effectuate change
Spanishinactivo, pasivo
Catalaninactiu, passiu
Nounspassivity, passivenessthe trait of remaining inactive
Adverbspassivelyin a passive manner
English > passive: 4 senses > adjective 2
Meaningpeacefully resistant in response to injustice.
Example"passive resistance"
Synonympeaceful
BroadernonviolentAbstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
Spanishpacífico, pasivo
Catalanpacífic, passiu
Nounspassivenesssubmission to others or to outside influences
English > passive: 4 senses > adjective 3
MeaningExpressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb.
Example"academics seem to favor passive sentences"
CategorygrammarThe branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
OppositeactiveExpressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor
Spanishpasiva, pasivo
Catalanpassiva
Nounspassivethe voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb
English > passive: 4 senses > noun 1, relation
MeaningThe voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb.
Examples
  • "'The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"
  • "'The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
Synonympassive voice
Broadervoice(linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
Oppositeactive voice, activeThe voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
Spanishpasiva, voz pasiva
Catalanpassiva, veu passiva
Adjectivespassiveexpressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb

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