AskDefine | Define passivity

Dictionary Definition



1 the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative [syn: passiveness]
2 submission to others or to outside influences [syn: passiveness]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The state of being passive
  2. submissiveness
  3. A lack of initiative

Extensive Definition

Passive is the opposite of active. It has several specific meanings:

See also

passivity in German: Passiv
passivity in French: Passif
passivity in Slovak: Pasívnosť

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Quakerism, a wise passiveness, abeyance, acceptance, acedia, acquiescence, aloofness, amenability, apathy, assent, ataraxia, ataraxy, benumbedness, blah, blahs, blank mind, blankmindedness, blankness, boredom, calm of mind, catalepsy, catatonia, comatoseness, complaisance, compliance, consent, contemplation, contemplative life, deadliness, deathliness, deference, detachment, disinterest, dispassion, do-nothing policy, do-nothingism, do-nothingness, dormancy, drowsiness, dullness, emptiness of mind, empty-headedness, enervation, ennui, entropy, fallow mind, fatigue, fatuity, foolishness, heartlessness, heaviness, hebetude, homage, hopelessness, humbleness, humility, idleness, immobility, inaction, inactivity, inanimation, inanity, inappetence, indifference, indolence, inertia, inertness, insouciance, jadedness, kneeling, lack of appetite, lackadaisicalness, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, languidness, languishment, languor, languorousness, lassitude, latency, lenitude, lentor, lethargicalness, lethargy, lifelessness, listlessness, lotus-eating, meditation, meekness, mental blankness, neutralism, neutrality, neutralness, nirvana, nonchalance, noninvolvement, nonopposal, nonopposition, nonparticipation, nonresistance, nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, numbness, obedience, obeisance, oblivion, oscitancy, pacifism, paralysis, passive resistance, passive self-annihilation, passiveness, passivism, phlegm, phlegmaticalness, phlegmaticness, plucklessness, policy, procrastination, quiescence, quietism, resignation, resignedness, satedness, sleepiness, sloth, slothfulness, slowness, sluggishness, somnolence, sopor, soporifousness, spiritlessness, spunklessness, stagnancy, stagnation, standpattism, stasis, stupefaction, stupor, subjection, submission, submissiveness, submittal, supineness, suspense, tabula rasa, thoughtfreeness, thoughtlessness, torpidity, torpidness, torpitude, torpor, tranquillity, uncomplainingness, unconcern, unintelligence, vacancy, vacuity, vegetation, vis inertiae, vita contemplativa, waiting game, watching and waiting, weariness, withdrawnness, world-weariness, yielding
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