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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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Table 4 shows that passive smoking is significantly decreasing as level of education increasing.
I'm alarmed to see that our area is potentially one of the worst in the country for this, so I hope that by raising awareness of the damage passive smoking can cause to the lungs of children I can help change some attitudes locally.
Among non- smokers, women who had been exposed to extensive passive smoking -- either as a child at home or as an adult at work for over 10 years -- had a 32 per cent excess risk of breast cancer.
6m is spent on passive smoking related hospital admissions.
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.
The cardiovascular risks of passive smoking have been underestimated because they've been based largely on studies of exposure to spousal smoking alone.
The cardiovascular risks of passive smoking have been underestimated because they have been based largely on studies of exposure to spousal smoking alone.
Vet Glen Cousquer, who runs a surgery in nearby Wickford, told the couple that the bird was suffering from passive smoking.
Children whose parents smoke are at greater risk of diseases related to passive smoking, even if the parent who smokes only does so outdoors, according to a recent Swedish study.
A new British study shows vitamin C can reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses, while another study found that children exposed to passive smoking in the home have lower levels of vitamin C in their bloodstream.
The research also found that passive smoking was associated with lower levels of total carotenoid and of a particular carotenoid known as cryptoxanthin.