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[pas-uh-viz-uh m]
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  1. the quality of being passive.
  2. the principle or practice of passive resistance.
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Origin of passivism

First recorded in 1900–05; passive + -ism
Related formspas·siv·ist, noun
Can be confusedactivist pacifist passivist
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Historical Examples

  • But the very term, passivism, is usually significant and goes very deep psychologically.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for passivism


  1. the theory, belief, or practice of passive resistance
  2. the quality, characteristics, or fact of being passive
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Derived Formspassivist, noun, adjective
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passivism in Medicine


  1. Passive character, attitude, or behavior.
  2. A pattern or attitude of submissiveness, especially in sexual relations.
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