noun Date: 1872 a passive attitude, behavior, or way of life • passivist noun

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  • passivism — [pas′iv iz΄əm] n. 1. passive behavior or characteristics 2. the principle of or belief in being passive passivist [pas′ivist] n …   English World dictionary

  • passivism — passivist, n. /pas euh viz euhm/, n. 1. the quality of being passive. 2. the principle or practice of passive resistance. [1900 05; PASSIVE + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • passivism — noun the quality or principle of being passive …   Wiktionary

  • passivism — 1. An attitude of submission. 2. A sexual practice in which the subject is submissive to the will of the partner in behavior that usually requires the consent of both participants ( e.g., anal intercourse). SEE ALSO: pathic. [see passive] * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • passivism — n. inactivity, quality of being unresponsive; quality of being passive; practice of passive resistance; pacifism …   English contemporary dictionary

  • passivism — pas·siv·ism …   English syllables

  • passivism — pas•siv•ism [[t]ˈpæs əˌvɪz əm[/t]] n. 1) the quality of being passive 2) the principle or practice of passive resistance • Etymology: 1900–05 pas′siv•ist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • passivism — /ˈpæsəvɪzəm/ (say pasuhvizuhm) noun 1. the theory of passive resistance. 2. belief in this theory or its practice …   Australian English dictionary

  • passivism — noun the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable • Syn: ↑pacifism, ↑pacificism • Derivationally related forms: ↑pacifistic (for: ↑pacifism), ↑pacifist (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pacifism — n. the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable. Syn: passivism. [WordNet 1.5] 2. The belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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