WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fa•tal•ism /ˈfeɪtəˌlɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Philosophya belief that all events are inevitable and predetermined.
fa•tal•ist, n. [countable]
fa•tal•is•tic, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fa•tal•ism  (fātl iz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable;
    submission to fate:Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
  2. Philosophythe doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.
fatal•ist, n. 
fa′tal•istic, adj. 
fa′tal•isti•cal•ly, adv. 
  • fatal + -ism 1670–80

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