passivity

[pa-siv-i-tee]
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noun
  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.

Origin of passivity

First recorded in 1650–60; passive + -ity
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Word Origin and History for passivity
n.

1650s, from passive + -ity.

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