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Composé de passive et du suffixe -ly utilisé pour formé les adverbes.

Adverbe [modifier]


  1. Passivement.
    • Water flowed passively between tanks via the siphon. (Brian D. Wisenden, "Scents of Danger", dans Animal Signals: signalling and signal design in animal communication, page 369, 2000)
    L’eau coulait passivement entre les réservoirs à travers le siphon.
    • Due to this pressure aortic and pulmonary valves are opened passively and due to relaxation blood is sucked from the venae cavae into the atrium. (Klaus Dieter Budras, et al., Anatomy of the Dog, page 188, 2007)
  2. D’une manière consentante.
    • Paradoxically, the same faculty who complain about busyness are most likely to end up waiting passively. While they acquiescently wait to write, they busy themselves with other, often trivial, activities. (Gary A. Olson, Todd W. Taylor, Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, page 218, 1997)
    • They were not waving at him but sat passively as if waiting to hear if what he had to say would be derogatory to their previous relationship. (Wallace Collins, Dragon Fire, page 9, 1998)
  3. (Grammaire) Au passif.
    • Statements phrased in an active voice, with a few outcome-oriented goals, improve school performance more than those stated passively with either multiple goals or goals focused on processes or behaviors. (Timothy J. Conlan, Alice M. Rivlin, & Paul L. Posner, Intergovernmental Management for the Twenty-first Century, page 214, 2008)


d’une manière consentante 

Apparentés étymologiques[modifier]


  • (États-Unis) : écouter « passively »
  • (Royaume-Uni), (États-Unis) : \ˈpæs.ɪ\


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