These media are not passive delivery systems for news; they are motivated investors in prolonging the circus.
Addressing one of the most shameful chapters in American history, he took a passive “Mistakes were made” approach.
In Utah, a builder and a home-technology firm have teamed up to build a European-style passive house that uses very little energy.
For years Mandela had been urging the ANC to abandon its strict policy of passive resistance.
But as with Katrina, his initial response was passive, if not downright negligent.
Hereford and Norfolk abandoned active in favour of passive hostility.
passive, patient, long-suffering she had been the while the mortifications and slights were for herself.
This passive compliance was so unlike her that Clover felt her anxieties increase.
We ask for nothing but passive co-operation--that is, a free passage for our troops.
To the angry voices which their spokesmen uplifted no heed need be paid, and passive resistance could be overcome by coercion.
late 14c., in grammatical sense (opposed to active), Old French passif "suffering, undergoing hardship" (14c.) and directly from Latin passivus "capable of feeling or suffering," from pass-, past participle stem of pati "to suffer" (see passion). Meaning "not active" is first recorded late 15c.; sense of "enduring suffering without resistance" is from 1620s. Related: Passively. Passive resistance first attested 1819 in Scott's "Ivanhoe," used throughout 19c.; re-coined by Gandhi c.1906 in South Africa. Passive-aggressive with reference to behavior is attested by 1971.
passive pas·sive (pās'ĭv)
Accepting or submitting without resistance or objection.
Of or being an inactive or submissive role in a relationship, especially a sexual relationship.
Chemically unreactive except under special or extreme conditions; inert.