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fatalism

noun [U] uk   /ˈfeɪ.təl.ɪ.zəm/ us    /-t̬əl-/
the belief that people cannot change the way events will happen and that events, especially bad ones, cannot be avoided
fatalist
noun [C] uk   /-ɪst/ us  
fatalistic
adjective uk   /ˌfeɪ.təlˈɪs.tɪk/ us    /-t̬əl-/
She was fatalistic about the future.
fatalistically
adverb uk   /ˌfeɪ.təlˈɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us    /-t̬əl-/
Translations of “fatalism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 宿命論…
in Russian фатализм…
in Turkish kadercilik, yazgıcılık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宿命论…
in Polish fatalizm…
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