passive is on the Academic Word List.

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more passive

most passive

  1. If someone is passive, they do not normally respond or take action.
    Watching TV is a much more passive activity than reading.
    After his injury, he was forced to play a more passive role on the team.
  2. (grammar) A passive clause has the natural object as its subject.
    While "she hit me" is an active clause, "I was hit (by her)" is passive.

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