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Definition of Passive

Passive

  1. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene.
  2. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
  3. Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.
  4. Designating certain morbid conditions, as hemorrhage or dropsy, characterized by relaxation of the vessels and tissues, with deficient vitality and lack of reaction in the affected tissues.

Passive Quotations

Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.
Eckhart Tolle

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight-seeing.'
Daniel J. Boorstin

Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
Ronald Reagan

My life is good because I am not passive about it. I invest in what is real. Like real people, to do real things, for the real me.
Gwyneth Paltrow

The crucial question one comes back to is the examination; without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres.
Peter Hammill
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Passive Translations

passive in French is inactif
passive in Italian is passivo, inerte
passive in Spanish is inerte, pasivo
passive in Swedish is passiv