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defeatism

noun [U]  /dɪˈfi·t̬ɪz·əm/ us  
a way of thinking or behaving that shows that you expect to fail: He criticized his party for defeatism.
defeatist
adjective  /dɪˈfi·t̬ɪst/ us  
You’ll never get anywhere with a defeatist attitude.
Translations of “defeatism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 失敗主義…
in Russian пораженчество…
in Turkish karamsarlık, yenilgi beklentisi, umutsuzluk…
in Chinese (Simplified) 失败主义…
in Polish defetyzm…
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