defeatism

noun de·feat·ism \ di-ˈfē-ˌti-zəm , dē- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of defeatism

: an attitude of accepting, expecting, or being resigned to defeat

defeatist

play \-tist\ noun or adjective

Examples of defeatism in a Sentence

  1. We must not give in to defeatism. We must be optimistic.

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First Known Use of defeatism

1917


DEFEATISM Defined for English Language Learners

defeatism

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Definition of defeatism for English Language Learners

  • : a way of thinking in which a person expects to lose or fail


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