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Passive character, attitude, quality, or behavior.

pas′siv·ist n.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory, belief, or practice of passive resistance
2. the quality, characteristics, or fact of being passive
ˈpassivist n, adj
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(ˈpæs əˌvɪz əm)

1. the quality of being passive.
2. the principle or practice of passive resistance.
pas′siv•ist, n.
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1. the state or quality of being inactive, of not participating.
2. the doctrine or advocacy of a passive policy, as passive resistance. — passivist, n.
See also: Attitudes
1. the state or quality of being passive.
2. the doctrine or advocacy of a passive policy, as passive resistance. — passivist, n.
See also: Politics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.passivism - the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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