Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or quality of being passive; inactivity, quiescence, or submissiveness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being passive.
  • n. Submissiveness.
  • n. A lack of initiative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Passiveness; -- opposed to activity.
  • n. The tendency of a body to remain in a given state, either of motion or rest, till disturbed by another body; inertia.
  • n. The quality or condition of any substance which has no inclination to chemical activity; inactivity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as passiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
  • n. submission to others or to outside influences

Etymologies

passive +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

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