passivism

[ pas-uh-viz-uh m ]
/ ˈpæs əˌvɪz əm /

noun

the quality of being passive.
the principle or practice of passive resistance.

Origin of passivism

First recorded in 1900–05; passive + -ism
Related formspas·siv·ist, noun
Can be confusedactivist pacifist passivist
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British Dictionary definitions for passivist

passivism

/ (ˈpæsɪˌvɪzəm) /

noun

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

passivist


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for passivist

passivism

[ păsə-vĭz′əm ]

n.

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