passivity

noun
pas·​siv·​i·​ty | \ pa-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce passivity (audio) \

Definition of passivity

1 : the quality or state of being passive : passiveness The only thing that I find more depressing than this charlatan is the passivity of the museum-goers who pass before his works: they may have an inkling that they are being had, but they are unable to trust the evidence of their eyes.— Jed Perl … and now she was condemned to years of genteel English poverty by a passivity stubborn as low-grade fever.— Vivian Gornick The implication—that American policy makers had, out of some combination of timorous passivity and treasonous perfidy, lost China to Communism—set off one of the darkest-ever turns in American civic life.— Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
2 chemistry : a chemically inactive state used especially of a metal that has lost its normal chemical activity and is resistant to corrosionThe lower limit of 11% is based on the markedly increased corrosion resistance and spontaneous passivity obtained at this level.— Donald H. DeClerck et al.

First Known Use of passivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Passivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passivity. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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passivity

noun
pas·​siv·​i·​ty | \ pa-ˈsiv-ət-ē How to pronounce passivity (audio) \
plural passivities

Medical Definition of passivity

: the quality or state of being passive or submissive

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