Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff 

with regard to language, the class of a verb utilized whenever the patient of the action presents as the grammatical subject of the sentence or clause and the agent presents as the grammatical object.

PASSIVE VOICE: "Police officers commonly dictate victim and witness statements in a passive voice."

More On This Topic

Link to This Definition

Did you find this definition of PASSIVE VOICE helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.