- Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving
impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors
in the scene.
- Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or
active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not
opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
- Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red
phosphorus is comparatively passive.
- 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.