Passivity Pas*siv"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. passivit['e].] 1. Passiveness; -- opposed to activity. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physics) The tendency of a body to remain in a given state, either of motion or rest, till disturbed by another body; inertia. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) The quality or condition of any substance which has no inclination to chemical activity; inactivity. [1913 Webster]

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