Passive

Passive may refer to:

  • "Passive" (song), by A Perfect Circle
  • Passive voice, a grammatical voice common in many languages
  • Passive house, a standard for energy efficiency in buildings
  • Passive psi, psychic abilities involving cognition
  • Passive language, a language from which an interpreter works
  • Passivity (engineering) a property of engineering systems, particularly in analog electronics and control systems
  • Passivity (behavior), the condition of submitting to the influence of one's superior or superiors
  • Passive–aggressive behavior, resistance to following through with expectations in interpersonal or occupational situations
  • Passivation, process of making a material "passive" in relation to another material prior to using the materials together

Famous quotes containing the word passive:

    She has taken her passive pigeon poor,
    She has buried him down and down.
    He never shall sally to Sally
    Nor soil any roofs of the town.
    Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)

    The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread.... The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration. It is very difficult to write out of because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933)

    We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying “It got lost,” and say, “I lost it.”
    Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917)