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passivity

[pa-siv-i-tee] /pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/
noun
1.
Also, passiveness
[pas-iv-nis] /ˈpæs ɪv nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. the state or condition of being passive.
2.
chemical inactivity, especially the resistance to corrosion of certain metals when covered with a coherent oxide layer.
Origin of passivity
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; passive + -ity
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  • Reflects on the Harlowe family, and particularly on Mrs. Harlowe, for her passiveness.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But it was absolutely necessary first that she should be reduced to passiveness.

    Romola George Eliot
  • The strength in her was the strength of passiveness; she could endure, but she could not battle.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Even then Moslem passiveness proves often an immovable inertia.

    The Weird Orient Henry Iliowizi
  • One is led to suppose, from their passiveness, that they are content with the system.

  • The essence of these lies in the passiveness and neutrality of the intellectual powers.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • Oswald, with the passiveness of a tired child, submitted to it all.

  • And this passiveness was so unusual with her that it alarmed and irritated Percival by turns.

    Under False Pretences

    Adeline Sergeant
  • Miss Arden often wondered afterwards at her own passiveness through all this.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Word Origin and History for passiveness
n.

1650s, from passive + -ness.

passivity

n.

1650s, from passive + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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