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 corrosion The lower limit of 11% is based on the markedly increased corrosion resistance and spontaneous passivity obtained at this level.— Donald H. DeClerck et al.
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