- the attitude, policy, or conduct of a person who admits, expects, or no longer resists defeat, as because of a conviction that further struggle or effort is futile; pessimistic resignation.
Origin of defeatism
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Examples from the Web for defeatism
Third, pulling out before any real efforts have been tried sends a message of hopelessness and defeatism more than anything else.Livni's Ill-Advised Threat Against Bibi
Brent E. Sasley
June 11, 2013
It was a country that had succumbed to paralysis and defeatism and nostalgia.How Margaret Thatcher Saved Britain and Changed the World
April 8, 2013
It seems at this point that dysfunction and defeatism are institutionally baked into the culture of the team.Washington’s True Dysfunction: Basketball’s Woeful Wizards
November 28, 2012
For decades since, Britain has exercised its political resentments in the defeatism of the sporting field.Take a Bow, London: The Olympics Were a Triumph
August 13, 2012
Even the Taliban picked it up as a supposed sign of American defeatism.Inside Holbrooke's War With the White House
The Daily Beast
January 14, 2011
But not because of any anti-life attitude, or pessimism, or defeatism.The Victor
The army was demoralized and saturated with the defeatism preached by the Porazhentsi.Bolshevism
Some in our midst have sought to instill a feeling of fear and defeatism in the minds of the American people about this problem.
To face the task of finding jobs faster than invention can take them away--is not defeatism.
- a ready acceptance or expectation of defeat
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Word Origin and History for defeatism
1918; see defeatist.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper