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Fatalism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fatalism n : a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them
Fatalism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fatalism \Fa"tal*ism\, n. [Cf. F. fatalisme.] The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fatalism'


Fatalism is a philosophical doctrine emphasizing the subjugation of all events or actions to fate.

Fatalism generally refers to several of the following ideas:

While the terms are often used interchangeably, fatalism, determinism, and predestination are discrete in emphasizing different aspects of the futility of human will or the foreordination of destiny. However, all these doctrines share common ground.

Determinists generally agree that human actions affect the future but, because the future is predetermined, human action is just part of the overall cause. Their view does not accentuate a "submission" to fate, whereas fatalists stress an acceptance of all events as inevitable. In other words, determinists believe the future is fixed because of absolute causality, whereas fatalists and many predestinarians think the future is inescapable despite causality.

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