Definition of 'passive'
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She is much more than a passive victim. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Instead, investors will seek out real value in active and passive funds. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Many faculties are reviewing how courses are taught, with less passive learning in lectures and more smaller groups to increase student interaction. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They also advised me to be a less passive user of new media and social networks. Times, Sunday Times (2011)You are showing your sons that passive acceptance is okay. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Benefits will not emerge from a passive attitude to the exchange. Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)They show instead a kind of passive resistance. The Developing Child (7th edn.) (1995)The rest of us are reduced to passive spectators rather than active political agents. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The only passive verb is in italics. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)The notion of addicts as passive victims of their addiction is a gross simplification. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We also mix active and passive investments in our portfolios. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Use the active voice or passive voice consistently. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)The search for authenticity is making people impatient with our passive acceptance. AUTHENTICITY: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life (2003)The normal way of expressing discontent was engaging in a kind of indirect or passive resistance. America Past and Present (1995)It is why active government rather than a passive government is needed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Some know they were not the passive victims of random violence but active participants. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The style of dealing with patients changed from passive listening to active questioning. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Use active voice and avoid passive voice! A Short Guide to Writing About Science (1995)The consumer was the passive recipient of messages they could not avoid. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Three factors are now changing government's passive attitude toward recruitment. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)I wanted to remain passive and the doctors to be magicians. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You cannot remain passive in our worship, and that fact spills over into the life of the church. Christianity Today (2000)Sports teams have been known to paint opposing team's locker rooms pink to keep the players passive and less energetic. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She wasn't simply a passive love object, though. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Moreover, schools seem reluctant to provide and encourage daily exercise, whether passive or competitive. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The chorus sounds like Wuthering Heights but accept it for what it is and there is passive enjoyment to be had. The Sun (2011)
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Translations for 'passive'
British English: passive /ˈpæsɪv/ ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as passive, you mean they do not take action but instead let things happen to them.
...his passive attitude.
- American English: passive
- Arabic: مُسْتَسْلِمٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: passivo
- Chinese: 被动的
- Croatian: pasivan
- Czech: pasivní
- Danish: passiv
- Dutch: passief
- European Spanish: pasivo
- Finnish: passiivinen
- French: passif
- German: passiv
- Greek: παθητικός
- Italian: passivo
- Japanese: 受身の
- Korean: 수동적인
- Norwegian: passiv
- Polish: bierny
- European Portuguese: passivo
- Romanian: pasiv
- Russian: пассивный
- Spanish: pasivo
- Swedish: passiv
- Thai: ไม่โต้แย้ง
- Turkish: pasif
- Ukrainian: пасивний
- Vietnamese: bị động
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