defeatist Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “defeatist” in the English Dictionary

"defeatist" in British English

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uk   /dɪˈfiː.tɪst/  us   /-t̬ɪst/ disapproving
having no ​hope and ​expecting to ​fail: Being defeatist will get us ​nowhere. He's got such a defeatist ​attitude.
noun [C] uk   us  
I can't ​believe it - you're such a defeatist!
(Definition of defeatist from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defeatist”
in Chinese (Simplified) 失败主义的…
in Turkish başarısızlığı kabullenen, olumsuz düşüncelere sahip olan…
in Russian пораженческий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 失敗主義的…
in Polish defetystyczny…
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