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See also: pseudo-active


Alternative forms[edit]


pseudo- +‎ active


  • IPA(key): /ˌ(p)suːdəʊˈaktɪv/


pseudoactive (not comparable)

  1. Apparently, but not truly, active.
    • 1997, Mardi Jon Horowitz, Stress response syndromes: PTSD, grief, and adjustment disorders
      [] to avoid awareness of ideas and feelings associated with the stressful event, to compensate for an immature level of ego development, and to continue a pseudoactive but actually passive-dependent life trajectory.
    • 2009, Gemma Corradi Fiumara, Spontaneity: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry (page 63)
      [] our inadequate agency and our passivity may narcissistically ensnare us into believing that we are indeed in charge of the whole complex of events and thus determine a pseudoactive sense of futile activity.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The spelling with a hyphen, pseudo-active, occurs almost four times more frequently than the spelling without (pseudoactive).