Definitions for: Inactive


[adj] not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"
[adj] not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve" (military) ; "an inactive member of the department"
[adj] lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
[adj] (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
[adj] lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
[adj] of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano"
[adj] of e.g. volcanos; permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
[adj] not active or exerting influence
[adj] temporarily inactive
[adj] not in physical motion; "the inertia of an object at rest"
[adj] not engaged in military action
[adj] not participating in a chemical reaction; "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*ac"tive, a. [Pref. in- not + active: cf. F.
inactif.]
1. Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can
not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself,
inactive.

2. Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or
industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.

3. (Chem. & Opt.) Not active; inert; esp., not exhibiting any
action or activity on polarized light; optically neutral;
-- said of isomeric forms of certain substances, in
distinction from other forms which are optically active;
as, racemic acid is an inactive tartaric acid.

Syn: Inert; dull; sluggish; idle; indolent; slothful; lazy.
See Inert.

Synonyms: abeyant, arrested, at rest, closed, dark, dead, delayed, dormant, dull, hypoactive, idle, in abeyance(p), in remission, indolent, inert, latent, motionless, nonmoving, nonoperational, off duty(p), off(p), off-duty(a), on leave, passive, quiescent, reserve(a), resistless, retired, sedentary, slow, sluggish, static, still, strikebound, supine, suspended, torpid, underactive, unmoving, unreactive, unresisting, unused

Antonyms: active, extinct, inactive

See Also: lethargic, unergetic

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