Just as Bush outsourced his own sadism to Guantanamo, most of us outsourced our sadism to him by passively accepting what he did.
Then I was supposed to passively take his arm and stroll offstage.
For some of these kids, video games are a way to passively experience the shock and awe of combat.
All while the international community observed, if not passively, impotently.
But Tehran has rarely been content with passively benefitting from these crises.
The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary.
She now decided that he was not; he was passively antagonistic.
At first she had suffered wildly, then passively, at last resignedly.
Couldn't she know for herself, passively, how little harm they meant her?
I think it is plain that St. Paul, while he calls upon us to believe, never intended that we should be passively credulous.
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.