PASSIVE By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 noun. acted upon instead of acting. 2. depicting an character trend which is agreeable, submissive, simply impacted by exterior forces, and reliant on other people. PASSIVE: "She has a very passive personality, or so says her mother." Related Psychology Terms SELF-EFFACEMENT ORAL-RECEPTIVE PERSONALITY PERSONA BIOMECHANICS ORAL PERSONALITY CORRESPONDENCE CORRESPONDENT INFERENCE THEORY TYPE B PERSONALITY PHALLIC PERSONALITY THOUGHT WITHDRAWAL Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PASSIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/passive/ (accessed December 11, 2019).