Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun passive

1 sense of passive

Sense 1
passive voice, passive -- (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; "`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"; "`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive")
       => voice -- ((linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes)

Antonyms of adj passive

3 senses of passive

Sense 1
passive (vs. active), inactive -- (lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith)

active (vs. passive) -- (disposed to take action or effectuate change; "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; "an active antagonism"; "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances")
        => activist, activistic -- (advocating or engaged in activism)
        => hands-on -- (involving active participation; "he's a hands-on manager"; "hands-on operations")
        => proactive -- ((of a policy or person or action) controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens)

Sense 2
passive, peaceful -- (peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance")

INDIRECT (VIA nonviolent) -> violent -- (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike")

Sense 3
passive (vs. active) -- (expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences")

active (vs. passive) -- (expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions")

Similarity of adj passive

3 senses of passive

Sense 1
passive (vs. active), inactive -- (lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith)
       => hands-off -- (not involving participation or intervention; "a hands-off foreign policy")
       => resistless, supine, unresisting -- (offering no resistance; "resistless hostages"; "No other colony showed such supine, selfish helplessness in allowing her own border citizens to be mercilessly harried"- Theodore Roosevelt)

Sense 2
passive, peaceful -- (peacefully resistant in response to injustice; "passive resistance")
       => nonviolent (vs. violent) -- (abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence)

Sense 3
passive (vs. active) -- (expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences")

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