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Submission to others or to outside influences.  Synonym: passivity.
The trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative.  Synonym: passivity.

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"Passiveness" Quotes from Famous Books

... As time progressed, the passiveness of Amanda encouraged in Lane his natural love of ruling. His household was his kingdom, and there his will must be the law. In his mind arose the conceit that, in every thing, his judgment was superior to that of his wife: even in the smaller matters of household economy, he let ...
— Married Life; Its Shadows and Sunshine • T. S. Arthur

... understood before its related negative can be intelligible. Bichat defined life as the sum of functions by which death is resisted. It is an identical proposition in verbal disguise, with the fault that it makes negation affirmation, passiveness action. Death is not a dynamic agency warring against life, but simply an occurrence. Life is the operation of an organizing force producing an organic form according to an ideal type, and persistently preserving that form amidst the incessant molecular ...
— The Destiny of the Soul - A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life • William Rounseville Alger

Words linked to "Passiveness" :   torpor, inactive, apathy, passivity, indifference, inactivity, inactiveness, torpidity, torpidness, submissiveness, passive, spiritlessness, numbness, listlessness, inertia

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