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passive in Grammar topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpassivepas‧sive1 /ˈpæsɪv/ ●●○ AWL adjective  1 ACCEPTsomeone who is passive tends to accept things that happen to them or things that people say to them, without taking any actionimpassive Kathy seems to take a very passive role in the relationship. their passive acceptance of their fate2 technicalSLG a passive verb or sentence has as its subject the person or thing to which an action is done, as in ‘His father was killed in a car accident.’ active1(6)passively adverb He listened passively as his sentence was read out.passivity /pæˈsɪvəti/ noun [uncountable]
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passiveEmma plays far too passive a role in group discussions.Explain the difference between the passive and active voice and wordy and concise word use as objectively as possible.For decades it has cowed public employees, left them docile, passive, and bitter.You're too passive, Harry. You should just tell her you don't want to go.Heat-sensing passive infra-red detectors with a fifty-feet range.The student's role in a traditional classroom learning environment is a passive one.The second, 1 Cor 6: 9-11, speaks about both the active and the passive participants in homosexual activity.Her licentiousness was entirely passive, reflecting not her own desires but those of the man she was with.An analysis of the 1987 survey was undertaken to estimate the dose-response relations of height and respiratory symptoms to passive smoking.Duffy refuses to fall into the trap of spoon-feeding the material to passive students, which only increases their passivity.The story's main female character is shown as an attractive but rather passive woman.