Passively vs Massively - What's the difference?

passively | massively |

As adverbs the difference between passively and massively

is that passively is in a passive manner; without conscious or self-directed action while massively is in a massive manner, in a way that appears large, heavy or imposing.




  • In a passive manner; without conscious or self-directed action.
  • * 2000 , Brian D. Wisenden, "Scents of Danger", in Animal Signals: signalling and signal design in animal communication , page 369
  • Water flowed passively between tanks via the siphon.
  • * 2007 , Klaus Dieter Budras, et al.'', ''Anatomy of the Dog , page 188
  • 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.
  • In an acquiescent manner; resignedly or submissively.
  • * 1997 , Gary A. Olson, Todd W. Taylor, Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition , page 218
  • 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.
  • * 1998 , Wallace Collins, Dragon Fire , page 9
  • 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.
  • (grammar) In the passive voice; having a passive construction.
  • * 2008 , Timothy J. Conlan, Alice M. Rivlin, & Paul L. Posner, Intergovernmental Management for the Twenty-first Century , page 214
  • 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.


    * (in a passive manner) automatically, mindlessly * (in an acquiescent manner) resignedly, submissively




    (en adverb)
  • In a massive manner, in a way that appears large, heavy or imposing.
  • (slang) Greatly.