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Definitions for fatalism
ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əmfa·tal·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fatalism(noun)

    a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable

  2. fatalism(noun)

    a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them


  1. fatalism(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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fatalism(noun)

    the doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity

    Etymology: [Cf. F. fatalisme.]


  1. Fatalism

    Fatalism is a philosophical doctrine emphasizing the subjugation of all events or actions to fate. Fatalism generally refers to any of the following ideas: ⁕The view that we are powerless to do anything other than what we actually do. Included in this is that man has no power to influence the future, or indeed, his own actions. This belief is very similar to predeterminism. ⁕An attitude of resignation in the face of some future event or events which are thought to be inevitable. Friedrich Nietzsche named this idea with "Turkish fatalism" in his book The Wanderer and His Shadow. ⁕That actions are free, but nevertheless work toward an inevitable end. This belief is very similar to compatibilist predestination. ⁕That acceptance is appropriate, rather than resistance against inevitability. This belief is very similar to defeatism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Fatalism

    the doctrine that all which takes place in life and history is subject to fate, that is is to say, takes place by inevitable necessity, that things being as they are, events cannot fall out otherwise than they do.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fatalism in a Sentence

  1. Gary Barker:

    There is a certain amount of fatalism about fathers leaving, unfortunately.

  2. James Stewart:

    The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life's difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.

  3. Andrew Chesnut:

    They all have a very strong sense of fatalism, young people’s lives don’t last long when they’re surrounded by organized crime, so for these young women the only option is to fight. If they do it wisely, they can survive a lot longer than their male counterparts.

  4. Jean de La Fontaine:

    To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism -- this is the art of living.

  5. Susan Clayton:

    The psychological responses to climate change such as conflict avoidance, fatalism, fear, helplessness and resignation are growing, these responses are keeping us, and our nation, from properly addressing the core causes of and solutions for our changing climate and from building and supporting psychological resiliency.

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