passive vocabulary

noun

Definition of passive vocabulary

: 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).

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“Passive vocabulary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passive%20vocabulary. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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