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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.

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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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Lawsuits filed against plan sponsor fiduciaries allege that they acted imprudently in the selection of passively managed funds.
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This allows Intertec to produce large, highly insulated panels for specific applications - such as those for passively cooled shelter in this project, with a footprint of almost 50 square metres.
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than humans, because we are passively immunized in the womb, while farm animals are not." This is not true.
This is surprising given that it has never been shown to reduce crime anywhere in Wales; but more importantly, the victim may still be alive today if the money which has been wasted on CCTV had instead been spent on more police officers, who can intervene to prevent people being killed, rather than just passively filming the event for use in a later conviction.
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