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defeatism

[dih-fee-tiz-uh m] /dɪˈfi tɪz əm/
noun
1.
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.
Origin of defeatism
1915-1920
1915-20; defeat + -ism, modeled on French défaitisme
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defeatism

/dɪˈfiːtɪzəm/
noun
1.
a ready acceptance or expectation of defeat
Derived Forms
defeatist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for defeatism
n.

1918; see defeatist.

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