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[pa-siv-i-tee] /pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/
Also, passiveness
[pas-iv-nis] /ˈpæs ɪv nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. the state or condition of being passive.
chemical inactivity, especially the resistance to corrosion of certain metals when covered with a coherent oxide layer.
Origin of passivity
First recorded in 1650-60; passive + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At first we thought his silence and passiveness, so unusual in a temper so fiery, were fortunate for securing his personal safety.

    Anne of Geierstein Walter Scott
  • The strength in her was the strength of passiveness; she could endure, but she could not battle.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Here the passiveness in respect of quality is the same as activity, it being only a diminished activity.

  • Reflects on the Harlowe family, and particularly on Mrs. Harlowe, for her passiveness.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • One is led to suppose, from their passiveness, that they are content with the system.

  • But it was absolutely necessary first that she should be reduced to passiveness.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Charmed into passiveness for the time, I crouched and stared at this strange sight.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • Even then Moslem passiveness proves often an immovable inertia.

    The Weird Orient Henry Iliowizi
  • It is a genuine forest-nature, mute yet never inglorious, reciting uncomplainingly its lesson of passiveness and endurance.

Word Origin and History for passiveness

1650s, from passive + -ness.



1650s, from passive + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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