fatalism

[feyt-l-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate: Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
2.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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
 
'fatalist
 
n
 
fatal'istic
 
adj
 
fatal'istically
 
adv

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fatalist
1640s, in reference to the philosophical doctrine that all things are determined by fate; from fatal + -ist. General sense of "one who accepts every event as inevitable" is from 1734. Related: Fatalism (1670s); fatalistic (1832).
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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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