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Docile vs. Passive — What's the Difference?

Docile vs. Passive — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Docile and Passive

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Docile

Ready and willing to be taught; teachable.

Passive

Accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance
The women were portrayed as passive victims

Docile

Yielding to supervision, direction, or management; tractable.

Passive

Denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb (e.g. they were killed as opposed to the active form he killed them).

Docile

Ready to accept instruction or direction; obedient; subservient.
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Passive

(of a circuit or device) containing no source of electromotive force
A passive optical network is to be installed in 2000 homes

Docile

Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.
Such literature may well be anathema to those, who are too docile and petty for their own good.

Passive

(of a metal) made unreactive by a thin inert surface layer of oxide.

Docile

Teachable; easy to teach; docible.

Passive

A passive form of a verb.

Docile

Disposed to be taught; tractable; easily managed; as, a docile child.
The elephant is at once docible and docile.

Passive

Receiving or subjected to an action without responding or initiating an action in return
The mind viewed as a passive receptacle for sensory experience.

Docile

Willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed;
The docile masses of an enslaved nation

Passive

Accepting or submitting without objection or resistance; submissive
A passive acceptance of one's fate.

Docile

Ready and willing to be taught;
Docile pupils eager for instruction
Teachable youngsters

Passive

Existing, conducted, or experienced without active or concerted effort
“Although tick paralysis is a reportable disease in Washington, surveillance is passive, and only 10 cases were reported during 1987–1995” (US Department of Health and Human Services). “[Many parents believe] that computers are educational and, at the least, less passive than television” (Laurie Hays).

Docile

Easily handled or managed;
A gentle old horse, docile and obedient

Passive

Of, relating to, or being certain bonds or shares that do not bear financial interest.

Passive

Of, relating to, or being a solar heating or cooling system that uses no external mechanical power.

Passive

(Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject is the object of the action or the effect of the verb. For example, in the sentence They were impressed by his manner, were impressed is in the passive voice.

Passive

(Chemistry) Unreactive except under special or extreme conditions; inert.

Passive

(Electronics) Exhibiting no gain or contributing no energy
A passive circuit element.

Passive

The passive voice.

Passive

A verb or construction in the passive voice.

Passive

Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.

Passive

Taking no action.
He remained passive during the protest.

Passive

(grammar) Being in the passive voice.

Passive

(psychology) Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.

Passive

(finance) Not participating in management.

Passive

(aviation) Without motive power.
A passive balloon; a passive aeroplane; passive flight, such as gliding and soaring

Passive

(electronics) Of a component: that consumes but does not produce energy, or is incapable of power gain.

Passive

Where allowance is made for a possible future event.

Passive

(grammar) The passive voice of verbs.

Passive

(grammar) A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.

Passive

(marketing) A customer who is satisfied with a product or service, but not keen enough to promote it by word of mouth.

Passive

(electronics) Any component that consumes but does not produce energy, or is incapable of power gain.

Passive

Not active, but acted upon; suffering or receiving impressions or influences; as, they were passive spectators, not actors in the scene.
The passive airUpbore their nimble tread.
The mind is wholly passive in the reception of all its simple ideas.

Passive

Receiving or enduring without either active sympathy or active resistance; without emotion or excitement; patient; not opposing; unresisting; as, passive obedience; passive submission.
The best virtue, passive fortitude.

Passive

Inactive; inert; unreactive; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.

Passive

Designating certain morbid conditions, as hemorrhage or dropsy, characterized by relaxation of the vessels and tissues, with deficient vitality and lack of reaction in the affected tissues.

Passive

The voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb;
`The ball was thrown by the boy' uses the passive voice
`The ball was thrown' is an abbreviated passive

Passive

Lacking in energy or will;
Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself

Passive

Peacefully resistant in response to injustice;
Passive resistance

Passive

Expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb;
Academics seem to favor passive sentences

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