WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•feat•ism /dɪˈfitɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the attitude of a person who expects defeat and thinks that further struggle is useless and hopeless:defeatism in the face of likely losses.
de•feat•ist, n.[countable]adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
de•feat•ism  (di fētiz əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the attitude, policy, or conduct of a person who admits, expects, or no longer resists defeat, as because of a conviction that further struggle or effort is futile;
    pessimistic resignation.
  • defeat + -ism, modeled on French défaitisme 1915–20


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

defeatism /dɪˈfiːtɪzəm/ n
  1. a ready acceptance or expectation of defeat

deˈfeatist n , adj



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