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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not resistant, especially to a disease or an environmental factor, such as heat or moisture.
  • adj. Submissively obedient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not resistant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making no resistance.
  • n. One who maintains that no resistance should be made to constituted authority, even when unjustly or oppressively exercised; one who advocates or practices absolute submission.
  • n. One who holds that violence should never be resisted by force

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making no resistance to power or oppression; passively obedient.
  • n. One who maintains that no resistance should be made to sovereign authority, even when unjustly exercised.
  • n. One who holds that violence should never be resisted by force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offering no resistance
  • adj. (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with
  • n. a reformer who believes in passive resistance

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