- 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.
- usage: "`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
- synonyms: passive voice
- Lacking in energy or will."Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself- George Meredith
- synonyms: inactive
- Peacefully resistant in response to injustice.
- usage: "passive resistance"
- synonyms: peaceful
- Expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb.
- usage: "academics seem to favor passive sentences"
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