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  • adv. In a passive manner; without conscious or self-directed action.
  • adv. In an acquiescent manner; resignedly or submissively.
  • adv. In the passive voice; having a passive construction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a passive manner; inertly; unresistingly.
  • adv. As a passive verb; in the passive voice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a passive manner; without action; unresistingly.—2.As a passport passive verb; in the passive voice: opposed to actively.

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

  • adv. in a passive manner


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From passive +‎ -ly.


  • This is excluding the damage tobacco causes to the environment and the unborn babies whose mothers are active smokers or the innocent mothers who inhale the poison passively from the cigarettes smoke exhaled by their husbands, without knowing its ill effects on their baby.

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  • On the other hand, the married woman, having once yielded all, tends to remain passively in the man's companionship.

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  • That, however, doesn't mean that attacks on any other group should be accepted passively, which is something that many of us in the U.S. have done way too often and for way too long when it comes to anti-immigrant rhetoric, for example.

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  • "What Heidegger has in mind… is that in our recognition of a house, our synthesis… is effected passively, that is, not through an act of volition."

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  • What Heidegger has in mind, though, is that in our recognition of a house, our synthesis of its various aspects is effected passively, that is, not through an act of volition.

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  • There are some women such as Marie Boyer and Gabrielle Fenayrou, who may be described as passively criminal, chameleon-like, taking colour from their surroundings.

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  • The obedience due to that power is by divine command; and subjects are bound, both as men and as Christians, to obey the magistrate actively in all things where their duty to God intercedes not, and however passively, that is, either by leaving their countrey, or if they cannot do that (the magistrate, or the reason of their own occasions hindring them), then by suffering patiently at home, without giving the least publick disturbance.

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  • Due to this, index funds are known as passively managed funds.

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  • BSE etc these funds buy stock in the same ratio they are in the said exchanges. these are therefore also called passively managed funds as there is not much work to do by selecting stocks which should be in or out of the MF.

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  • When I want to record the live signal I press "Record" on my DVD-HDD remote and it begins recording the live television signal passively, that is to say, it does not cause any delay at all in the signal. Forum


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