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passive vocabulary

noun
1.
all the words, collectively, that a person can understand Compare active vocabulary
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Contemporary definitions for passive vocabulary
noun

the lexemes known by a person, but not used

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Our passive vocabulary is usually a third larger than our active vocabulary; we understand far more words than we routinely use.

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