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For marketers, this means an opportunity to sell to a group of prospects who aren’t just passive readers or random social media users but active listeners who are willing to end the day having learned and encountered something new.

More passive screen time was linked to worse outcomes in health and school achievement, the researchers found, compared with the other categories.

If the situation turns another way, you might find yourself passive in the face of great evil, unsure what to make of it.

As others have pointed out, for example, the term “officer-involved shooting” is a passive phrasing that deemphasizes police officers’ use of deadly force, obscuring their role in state violence.

It’s not surprising that his therapist says Charlie engages in “passive suicidal behavior” or that Charlie’s love life sucks.

If we want to prevent others from your fate, we need to stop being so passive on these issues.

In a rather passive aggressive letter, the House Minority Leader wrote.

These “smart benches” can do more than simply serve as passive producers of electricity.

It turned Web surfers into passive consumers of published content.

More and more, Obama seems like a passive observer of events who dismisses criticism as superficial.

Passive hyperemia occurs most commonly in diseases of the heart and liver and in pregnancy.

In conversation their minds are apt to remain in a recipient passive state.

A purely passive defence is not possible for us; it implies losing ground by degrees—and we have not a yard to lose.

Whatever his secret care might have been, it was now passive; he was a general favourite, and courted in society.

And we shall not go there, to be idle—passive spectators to an invasion of South American rights.


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On this page you'll find 90 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to passive, such as: apathetic, indifferent, laid-back, nonviolent, quiet, and static.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.