Also pas·sive·ness [pas-iv-nis] /ˈpæs ɪv nɪs/. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for passiveness

Contemporary Examples of passiveness

  • And particularly when passiveness can enable challengers to the leadership of political Islam to make headway.

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    Tehran's Pitiful Bid For Attention

    Trita Parsi

    September 21, 2012

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.



1650s, from passive + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper