A fatalist is someone who feels that no matter what he or she does, the outcome will be the same because it’s predetermined. Fatalists share a sense of being powerless to change the world.

In philosophy, a fatalist is someone who holds specific beliefs about life, destiny, and the future. Fatalists share the certainty that fate has already been laid out in front of them, and that they have no real control over what will happen. Sometimes fatalists have a flat or unemotional reaction even to frightening circumstances because of these beliefs. The Latin root is fatalis, “ordained by fate or destined.”

Definitions of fatalist
  1. noun

    someone who submits to the belief that he or she is powerless to change his or her destiny

    determinist, predestinarian, predestinationist
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    someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will

  2. adjective

    of or relating to fatalism

    fatalist person”

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