[pas-uh-viz-uh m]

Origin of passivism

First recorded in 1900–05; passive + -ism
Related formspas·siv·ist, noun
Can be confusedactivist pacifist passivist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for passivist


  1. the theory, belief, or practice of passive resistance
  2. the quality, characteristics, or fact of being passive
Derived Formspassivist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for passivist

1895, originally in reference to sex roles, from passive + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

passivist in Medicine


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