• WordNet 3.6
    • n passiveness the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
    • n passiveness submission to others or to outside influences
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The search engine "Lycos" is named for Lycosidae, the Latin name for the wolf spider family. Unlike other spiders that sit passively in their web, wolf spiders are hunters, actively stalking their prey.
    • n Passiveness The quality or state of being passive; unresisting submission. "To be an effect implies passiveness , or the being subject to the power and action of its cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n passiveness 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 passiveness Patience; calmness; unresisting submission; lack of power to act, or omission to act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Passiveness inactivity: patience: tendency of a body to preserve a given state, either of motion or of rest
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  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.”
  • James Humes
    James Humes
    “One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. passivuspati, suffer.


In literature:

But a fortnight after Dubuque, an incident occurred that even her acquiescent passivity couldn't ignore.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Though she could exercise when she chose a strangely passive attraction, her charm usually failed in the end for lack of intelligent guidance.
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
The ending -ier in the Present Infinitive Passive; as, amarier, monerier, dicier, for amari, moneri, dici.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
But their victim was not of the passive kind.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Let the lady be passive, lest the ravisher should be driven to force.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
The least smile that animated his passive countenance became at once attractive.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
All they have to do is to be passive.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
We have said that this woman was a poor passive creature, whose life was a mere round of almost mechanical action.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
The local society will always have its active and its passive membership.
"The American Missionary, Vol. 43, No. 8, August, 1889" by Various

In poetry:

Submerged in sleep, the passive soul
Is one with all the things that seem;
Night blurs in one confusèd whole
Alike the dreamer and the dream.
"From “Taliesin: a Masque”:Voices Of Unseen Spirits" by Richard Hovey
How I have gaz'd--to madness gaz'd,
On charms that others ne'er could find ;
No faintest trace has time eras'd,
Of all that stole my passive mind.
"The Death Of Love" by Laura Sophia Temple
Then fear came forth upon the scene,
And said "beware of passive bliss;
For things are not just what they seem,"
Then love replied in words like this:
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Her idea of passive beauty
Was a squinting of the left-eye,
Was a drooping of the right-eye,
Was a smile that went up sideways
To the corner of the nostrils.
"Hiawatha's Photographing " by Lewis Carroll
Break, break the spell,--the silken chain
That holds thy weak and passive mind ;
Throw off thy bonds with proud disdain,
And leave thy fears and griefs behind.
""Fair Lady, why that sadden'd eye"" by Laura Sophia Temple
In listless quietude of mind,
I yield to all
The change of cloud and wave and wind
And passive on the flood reclined,
I wander with the waves, and with them rise and fall.
"Hampton Beach" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

"I thought I'd be a passive investor and go along for the ride with the private equity people," she says.
Passivity boosts Syrian radicals.
US passivity boosts Syrian radicals Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
Romney attacks Obama's ' passivity ' in Mideast.
Romney slams Obama's ' passivity ' on world stage.
The passivity of the Catholic Church.
Obama shows a new level of passivity on financial reform.
Erik Spoelstra's passivity with personnel.
Reader Feedback from the February issue says that when the game leaves town, people are left twiddling their thumbs, and that the passivity of engineers is the true enemy, not the Chinese.
The group dedicated to saving the former golf course site for passive recreation has raised $141,000, surpassing its $125,000 goal.
HubWayH16 Passive UTP Hub transmits video, data and external power over a single CAT-5 cable.
Active vs Passive 3DTVs Battle it Out.
OSHKOSH — On opening day of AirVenture in Oshkosh, Sennheiser introduced the S1 Passive headset for general aviation pilots.
The Passive CCTV Power Integrator Hub allows video, remote power, and PTZ control to be transmitted via one Cat5e/6 cable between the CCTV camera and the DVR in the security video environment.
INTERVIEWS Hear Beck and Jack White's Passive -Aggressive 'Hating'.

In science:

Compared with the star-forming spiral galaxies (the dashed line), our target passive spiral galaxies (the solid line) have lower SFR by about an order (or more).
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
The difference again demonstrate that our target passive spiral galaxies indeed have much lower SFR than normal spiral galaxies in the field region.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
In addition to the 32 passive spiral galaxies, we have observed 12 early-type galaxies as a control sample.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
We compare this control sample with passive spiral galaxies in order to test truly “passive” and “spiral ” nature of the galaxies.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective
Therefore, we can test dust extinction in passive spirals using r − K colour.
Are Passive Spiral Galaxies Truly "Passive" and "Spiral"? : Near-Infrared Perspective