Definition of PASSIVE

noun : PASSIVE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

Adjective : PASSIVE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

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

  • 3. (

    ) 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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