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Definition of Passivity


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

Passivity Quotations

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.
Dorothy Thompson

Passivity is the same as defending injustice.
Deepak Chopra

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.
Mao Zedong

Bullies may be the perpetrators of evil, but it is the evil of passivity of all those who know what is happening and never intervene that perpetuates such abuse.
Philip Zimbardo

When I go to the clinic next and sit with a tube in my arm and watch the poison go in, I'm in an attitude of abject passivity. It doesn't feel like fighting at all; it just feels like submitting.
Christopher Hitchens
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