Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or property of being passive, or of receiving impressions from external agents or causes: as, the passiveness of matter.—2. Passibility; capacity of suffering.
- n. Patience; calmness; unresisting submission; lack of power to act, or omission to act.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being passive; unresisting submission.
- n. submission to others or to outside influences
- n. the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
“Human beings, who, like everything else, exist svabhâvât, 'by themselves,' are supposed to be capable of arriving at Nirv_r_itti, or passiveness, which is nearly synonymous with Nirvâ_n_a.”
“I am resolved to think it out to an end, and then act: it is this passiveness which is killing me.”
“Miss Mannering acquiesced with a passiveness which is no part of her character, and which, to tell you the plain truth, is a feature about the business which I like least of all.”
“Qaradawi wasn't the only cleric to criticize Arab regimes for their "passiveness" against”
“Zoe, when she found she could no longer have all the conversation to herself, stretched herself on the sofa, where she appeared to be busily employed in cutting the leaves of her new book, but from time to time, she contrived to throw such glances upon poor Everhard as perfectly bewildered him, and contributed not a little to reduce him to that state of passiveness which is the perfection of a good listener; Gifford thought he had never met with such a good one before!”
“passiveness" of woman's love, but the passive woman is only one who does not love -- she merely consents to have affection lavished upon her.”
“This passiveness has helped persuade several Wall Street banks to raise their estimates for oil prices in 2011.”
“It's not surprising if on the midst of that passiveness, another party took initiative to rearrange the national film industry according to their version.”
“Couple the league-wide lack of impact players in the final year of their contracts with McPhee's historic passiveness parting with assets and the scary reality is that we may not upgrade at either position by March.”
“A letter signed by Dzudovic and published in the Russian newspaper Soviet Sport in October also appealed to Uefa to overturn the ban, while the FA may point to Rooney's passiveness upon receiving the red card as well as his generally positive disciplinary record at international level – it was only the second dismissal of his 73-cap England career.”
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