Fatalism is the belief that one's fate is predetermined, and that there is nothing that can be done to change it. Fatalism can lead to a sense of resignation or hopelessness.

  • Many people believe in fatalism, and they accept the idea that there's nothing that can be done to change their fate.

  • The victim's family believes in fatalism, and they accept the idea that their son's death was unavoidable.

Definition of fatalism


a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them


a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable

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Example Sentences for fatalism

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    Fatalism is the result of predestination.

  • 2

    The disease was painfully fatal.

  • 3

    Brake failure was the cause of the fatalities.

  • 4

    But that bit of hesitancy proves fatal.

  • 5

    It was the classically fatal sin of hubris.

  • 6

    She epitomizes the femme fatale.

  • 7

    That is a contentious definition of and argument for fatalism.

  • 8

    That is not a necessary argument for fatalism or a conclusion of it.

  • 9

    He was the only fatality of the incident.

  • 10

    The fatality occurred in the destroyed house.