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passive

adjective
 
 
/ˈpæsɪv/
BEHAVIOUR B2 letting things happen to you and not taking action: Women at that time were expected to be passive.Passive and not working
GRAMMAR B1 A passive verb or sentence is one in which the subject does not do or cause the action but is affected by it. For example 'He was released from prison.' is a passive sentence.Grammatical terms
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