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 for Passive verb
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Passive \Pas"sive\, a. [L. passivus: cf. F. passif. See
     Passion.]
     1. Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving
        impressions or influences; as, they were passive
        spectators, not actors in the scene.
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              The passive air
              Upbore their nimble tread.            --Milton.
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              The mind is wholly passive in the reception of all
              its simple ideas.                     --Locke.
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     2. Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or
        active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient;
        not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive
        submission.
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              The best virtue, passive fortitude.   --Massinger.
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     3. (Chem.) Inactive; inert; unreactive; not showing strong
        affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.
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     4. (Med.) 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.
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     Passive congestion (Med.), congestion due to obstruction to
        the return of the blood from the affected part.
  
     Passive iron (Chem.), iron which has been subjected to the
        action of heat, of strong nitric acid, chlorine, etc. It
        is then not easily acted upon by acids.
  
     Passive movement (Med.), a movement of a part, in order to
        exercise it, made without the assistance of the muscles
        which ordinarily move the part.
  
     Passive obedience (as used by writers on government),
        obedience or submission of the subject or citizen as a
        duty in all cases to the existing government.
  
     Passive prayer, among mystic divines, a suspension of the
        activity of the soul or intellectual faculties, the soul
        remaining quiet, and yielding only to the impulses of
        grace.
  
     Passive verb, or Passive voice (Gram.), a verb, or form
        of a verb, which expresses the effect of the action of
        some agent; as, in Latin, doceor, I am taught; in English,
        she is loved; the picture is admired by all; he is
        assailed by slander.
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     Syn: Inactive; inert; quiescent; unresisting; unopposing;
          suffering; enduring; submissive; patient.
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