in a passive manner (Freq. 2)

he listened passively

Ant: ↑actively
Derived from adjective: ↑passive

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Passively — Pas sive*ly, adv. 1. In a passive manner; inertly; unresistingly. [1913 Webster] 2. As a passive verb; in the passive voice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • passively — adverb /ˈpæs.ɪ a) In a passive manner; without conscious or self directed action. Water flowed passively between tanks via the siphon. b) In an acquiescent manner; resignedly or submissively. Due to this pressure aortic and pulmonary valves… …   Wiktionary

  • passively — passive UK US /ˈpæsɪv/ adjective ► not acting to influence or change a situation, but allowing others to be in control: »One of the interviewers asked most of the questions, and the other took a more passive role. »Interactive TV technology makes …   Financial and business terms

  • passively — adv. Passively is used with these verbs: ↑absorb, ↑listen, ↑stand, ↑watch …   Collocations dictionary

  • passively — passive ► ADJECTIVE 1) accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance. 2) Grammar (of verbs) in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb (e.g. they were killed as opposed to the active form… …   English terms dictionary

  • passively — adverb see passive I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • passively — See passive. * * * …   Universalium

  • passively — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. indifferently, without resistance, quietly; see calmly …   English dictionary for students

  • passively — pæsɪvlɪ adv. in a passive manner, inactively …   English contemporary dictionary

  • passively — pas·sive·ly …   English syllables

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