Definition of passivist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpasɪvɪst/


  • 1Of, relating to, or characterized by an opposition to war or violence; pacifist.

  • 2Characterized by the habit or practice of being passive, accepting, or non-resistant.

  • 3Philosophy
    Denoting or relating to the theory of the passive acquisition of knowledge through the senses.


  • 1A person who is passive, especially one who allows things to happen without taking active measures to resist or alter them.

  • 2Psychology
    A man who takes a passive sexual role; especially a male masochist.

  • 3Frequently derogatory. A person who passively resists or opposes war; a pacifist.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From passive + -ist.