Definition of Fatalism

1. Noun. A submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable.

Generic synonyms: Acceptance, Credence

2. Noun. A philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them.
Generic synonyms: Determinism
Derivative terms: Fatalist, Fatalistic

Definition of Fatalism

1. n. The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity.

Definition of Fatalism

1. Noun. fate, fatality, the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable necessity, or determined in advance in such a way that human beings cannot change them. ¹

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Definition of Fatalism

1. the doctrine that all events are predetermined [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fatalism

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fat quarter
fat quarters
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fat substitutes
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fat tails
fat tax
fat taxes
fat tide
fata morgana
fatal accident
fatal outcome
fatalism (current term)
fatality rate

Literary usage of Fatalism

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1. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1876)
"This normal guarantee rested principally on the dogma of fatalism, ... fatalism is the necessary corrective of every Theology, and what is more, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"fatalism in general has been inclined to overlook immediate antecedents and to dwell rather upon remote and external causes as the agency which somehow ..."

3. The American Commonwealth by James Bryce Bryce (1914)
"CHAPTER LXXXV THE fatalism OF THE MULTITUDE ONE feature of thought and sentiment in the United States needs special examination because it has been by most ..."

4. Eternalism: A Theory of Infinite Justice by Orlando Jay Smith (1902)
"'fatalism kills every aspiration of man.' Perhaps it ought to do so, but does it in ... I know men who accept fatalism, yet who are among the most aspiring, ..."

5. Heredity and Environment in the Development of Men by Edwin Grant Conklin (1916)
"Determinism not fatalism.—Whatever the philosophical meaning of "determinism" may be, all that is meant by that term in science and in actual life is that ..."

6. Mental Science: A Compendium of Psychology, and the History of Philosophy by Alexander Bain (1868)
"Necessity and fatalism. To the objection that necessity is identical with fatalism, Leibnitz answers by distinguishing three kinds of fatalism. ..."

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