passive vocabulary

Definition of passive vocabulary

  1. :  the words one understands as distinguished from the words one actively uses Our passive vocabulary is larger than our active vocabulary (the words we use ourselves).

Word by Word Definitions

passiveplay
  1. :  acted upon by an external agency

    :  receptive to outside impressions or influences

    :  asserting that the grammatical subject of a verb is subjected to or affected by the action represented by that verb

  1. :  a verb form whose grammatical subject is subjected to or affected by the action represented by that verb :  a passive verb form

    :  the passive voice of a language

vocabularyplay
  1. :  a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined :  lexicon

    :  a sum or stock of words employed by a language, group, individual, or work or in a field of knowledge

    :  a list or collection of terms or codes available for use (as in an indexing system)


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