the attitude, policy, or conduct of a person who admits, expects, or no longer resists defeat, as because of a conviction that further struggle or effort is futile; pessimistic resignation.

1915–20; defeat + -ism, modeled on French défaitisme Unabridged
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defeatism (dɪˈfiːtɪzəm)
a ready acceptance or expectation of defeat
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1918; see see defeatist.
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Example sentences
Or maybe they fear that even a hint of defeatism will increase the panic.
But their opinions were widely excoriated as treachery and defeatism.
They are the ones over-reacting, with a mixture of chin-jutting solipsism and
Defeatism of that sort is exactly what progressives aim to challenge.
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