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English - Vietnamese Dictionary
passive /'pæsiv/
  • tính từ
    • bị động, thụ động
      • to remain passive: ở trong thế bị động
    • tiêu cực
      • passive resistance: sự kháng cự tiêu cực
    • (ngôn ngữ học) bị động
      • passive voice: dạng bị động
    • không phải trả lãi (nợ)
      • passive debt: nợ không phải trả lãi
  • danh từ
    • (ngôn ngữ học) dạng bị động
Concise Dictionary
+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
+lacking in energy or will
+peacefully resistant in response to injustice
+expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 inactive, non-aggressive, inert, motionless, unresponsive, quiet, calm, tranquil, serene, placid, still, idle, unmoving, unmoved, impassive, untouched, cool, indifferent, phlegmatic, uninterested, uninvolved, dispassionate, apathetic, lifeless, listless, quiescent, unperturbed, unaffected, imperturbable, unshaken, Colloq laid-back, out of it:
The comic was unable to get a reaction from the passive audience.
2 submissive, repressed, deferential, yielding, compliant, complaisant, receptive, flexible, malleable, pliable, tractable, docile, subdued, sheepish, ovine, lamblike, cow-like, bovine, tame, gentle, meek, patient, unresisting, unassertive, forbearing, tolerant, resigned, long-suffering, Colloq US excuse-me-for-living:
People tend to bully those of a more passive nature.
3 unexpressed, tacit, unrevealed, undisclosed, implicit, unasserted:
We can no longer take a passive position regarding crime. Your passive support, while welcome, is not as effective as active campaigning.
Advanced English Dictionary
adjective, noun
+ adjective
1 accepting what happens or what people do without trying to change anything or oppose them: He played a passive role in the relationship. + a passive observer of events + She wore a passive expression on her face as if she didn't care what happened.
2 (grammar) connected with the form of a verb used when the subject is affected by the action of the verb as in He was bitten by a dog.: a passive sentence
Compare: ACTIVE
passively adverb
+ noun (also passive voice) [sing.] (grammar) the form of a verb used when the subject is affected by the action of the verb
Compare: ACTIVE
Collocation Dictionary


be, seem | became | remain


extremely, very | purely | fairly, rather, relatively, somewhat | essentially
The heroine plays an essentially passive role in the drama.

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