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  1. Also pas·sive·ness [pas-iv-nis] /ˈpæs ɪv nɪs/. 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.
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Origin of passivity

First recorded in 1650–60; passive + -ity
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for passiveness

disinterest, indifference, resignation, unconcern, passivity

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Historical Examples of passiveness

  • 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.


    George Eliot

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


    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.

Word Origin and History for passiveness


1650s, from passive + -ness.

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1650s, from passive + -ity.

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