From Middle French, Old French passif, from Latin passivus (“serving to express the suffering of an action; in late Latin literally capable of suffering or feeling”), from passus, past participle of pati (“to suffer”); compare patient.
|Examples (being in the passive voice)|
The passive form of “A meteorite hit the earth” is “The earth was hit by a meteorite.”
- Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.
- Taking no action.
- He remained passive during the protest.
- (grammar) Being in the passive voice.
- (psychology) Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
- (finance) Not participating in management.
- (aviation) Without motive power.
- a passive balloon; a passive aeroplane; passive flight, such as gliding and soaring
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passive (plural passives)
- (uncountable, grammar) The passive voice of verbs.
- (countable, grammar) A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.
- passive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- passive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- inflected form of