not active; submissive; suffering without opposition
showing no interest
"`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice"
"`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive"
"Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"
"academics seem to favor passive sentences"
The mind is..merely passive, receiving like wax the impressions of external objects.
出自： Ld Monboddo
The most common distinction was between active and passive male prostitutes.