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English definition of “passive”


adjective (BEHAVIOUR)    /ˈpæs.ɪv/ often disapproving
B2 not acting to influence or change a situation; allowing other people to be in control: He's very passive in the relationship. Traditionally in the church women have been confined to more passive roles. → See also impassivePassive and not working passively     /-li/ adverb He tends to wait passively for his boss to tell him what to do.Passive and not working
(Definition of passive adjective (BEHAVIOUR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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