1. the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate: Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
  2. Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.


  1. the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
  2. the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
  3. a lack of effort or action in the face of difficulty

1832, from fatalist + -ic.


1670s, from fatal + -ism.

The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.

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