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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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n.

1650s, from passive + -ity.

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