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passive  


      adj  
1    not active or not participating perceptibly in an activity, organization, etc.  
2    unresisting and receptive to external forces; submissive  
3    not working or operating  
4    affected or acted upon by an external object or force  
5      (Grammar)   denoting a voice of verbs in sentences in which the grammatical subject is not the logical subject but rather the recipient of the action described by the verb, as was broken in the sentence The glass was broken by a boy  
   Compare       active       5a  
6      (Chem)   (of a substance, esp. a metal) apparently chemically unreactive, usually as a result of the formation of a thin protective layer that prevents further reaction  
7      (Electronics, telecomm)  
a    containing no source of power and therefore capable only of attenuating a signal  
a passive network     
b    not capable of amplifying a signal or controlling a function  
a passive communications satellite     
8      (Finance)   (of a bond, share, debt, etc.) yielding no interest  
      n  
9      (Grammar)  
a    the passive voice  
b    a passive verb  
     (C14: from Latin passivus susceptible of suffering, from pati to undergo)  
  passively      adv  
  passivity, passiveness      n  


passive obedience  
      n  
1    unquestioning obedience to authority  
2    the surrender of a person's will to another person  
passive resistance  
      n   resistance to a government, law, etc., made without violence, as by fasting, demonstrating peacefully, or refusing to cooperate  
passive smoking  
      n   the inhalation of smoke from other people's cigarettes by a nonsmoker  
  passive smoker      n  
passive vocabulary  
      n   all the words, collectively, that a person can understand  
   Compare       active vocabulary  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
adopt a detached attitude; relax
n.
a broad difference in values and attitudes between one and another especially between parents and their children

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