the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate: Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.

1670–80; fatal + -ism

fatalist, noun
fatalistic, adjective
fatalistically, adverb
nonfatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistically, adverb
unfatalistic, adjective
unfatalistically, adverb

determinism, fatalism, necessitarianism.
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fatalism (ˈfeɪtəˌlɪzəm)
1.  the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
2.  the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
3.  a lack of effort or action in the face of difficulty

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fatalism definition

The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.

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Example sentences
Our current economic discourse is pervaded by fatalism.
Fatalism only ensures that that tide does not turn sooner.
Italians of all ages feel a weary fatalism after a decade of almost no economic
And from vulnerability there has emerged a tough fatalism.
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