Synonyms of passive


1. passive voice, passive, voice

usage: 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"


1. passive (vs. active), inactive, hands-off, resistless, supine, unresisting

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

2. passive, peaceful, nonviolent (vs. violent)

usage: peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance"

3. passive (vs. active)

usage: expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"

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Definition and meaning of passive (Dictionary)