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passive

adj. referring to being inactive. A "passive trustee" is one who has no responsibilities other than to hold title or wait for an event which would activate the trust. "Passive income" for tax purposes includes any income in which there is no effort or active management, and is treated differently for some purposes, such as social security income limitations. It may include stock dividends, trust profits, rents with no management involvement, and interest on bank accounts.

passive

adjective acquiescent, amenable, apathetic, calm, compliable, compliant, complying, concessive, docile, dormant, duteous, dutiful, enduring, feeble, flexible, forbearant, heedless, indifferent, indolent, irresolute, lamblike, languorous, malleable, nonresisting, obedient, obeisant, obsequious, otiose, phlegmatic, pliable, pliant, quiescent, receptive, recumbent, resigned, resistless, restrained, sequacious, servile, subject, submissive, subordinate, subservient, supine, supple, tame, tractable, unassertive, undemonstrative, unopposing, unresistant, unresisting, yielding
Associated concepts: passive negligence, passive tortfeasor
See also: dormant, indolent, insensible, languid, lifeless, obedient, otiose, patient, phlegmatic, pliant, resigned, sequacious, servile, stagnant, static, stoical, torpid, unobtrusive, yielding

PASSIVE, com. law. All the sums of which one is a debtor. It is used in contradistinction to active. (q.v.) By active debts are understood those which may be employed in furnishing assets to a merchant to pay those which he owes, which are called passive debts.

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The association of both active and passive smoking with increased risk of breast cancer is biologically plausible, especially when exposure occurs during certain critical periods, according to the study.
And one bar worker a week is killed because they have been exposed to passive smoking while working in the hospitality industry.
At least they did not know in those days that passive smoking kills.
Claiming the risks of passive smoking had never been properly proven, they urged the Government to 'de-escalate' the tension.
George's Hospital Medical School, London, and his associates conducted what they described as the first prospective study to examine the link between CHD prevalence and passive smoking exposure based on serum cotinine measurements.
The vet thought it might be aerosols or perfume, but he eliminated all those and said the problem was passive smoking.
There has long been controversy about the associations between passive smoking and adverse health outcomes.
Lizzie has enlisted the help of Newcastle law firm Thomson's and a spokesman said: "Compensation claims for personal injury caused through passive smoking are unusual but not unique.
By contrast, lung cancer deaths from passive smoking are estimated to be far fewer, at 3,000 to 4,000 a year.
By his calculation, passive smoking may cause up to 100,000 new cases of pediatric asthma in the United States each year.
Their message is passive smoking is an avoidable risk factor for respiratory symptoms in children.
Washington, September 15 ( ANI ): Newborns exposed to nicotine from both active and passive smoking mothers show poor physiological, sensory, motor and attention responses, a new study has shown.