the willingness to submit to another or to the inevitable, to not always get your way

a.k.a. resignation

I’m thinking “non-defensiveness” here rather than “slavishness” but I don’t know a good word for it.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • cringing (vice of excess)
  • doesn’t know when to quit
  • quixotic
  • resentfulness
  • servility (vice of excess)
  • slavishness (vice of excess)
  • stubbornness

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “If thou hast done an injury to another, rather own it than defend it… Some oppose honor to submission; but it can be no honor to maintain what it is dishonorable to do. True honor will pay treble damages, rather than justify one wrong by another.” ―William Penn
  • “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1
  • “Let Fate find us prepared and active. Here is the great soul: the one who surrenders to Fate. The opposite is the weak and degenerate one, who struggles with and has a poor regard for the order of the world, and seeks to correct the faults of the gods rather than their own.” —Seneca, Moral Letters 107.12