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inanimate

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adjective in·an·i·mate \(ˌ)i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Simple Definition of inanimate

  • : not living : not capable of life

Full Definition of inanimate

  1. 1 :  not animate: a :  not endowed with life or spirit <an inanimate object> b :  lacking consciousness or power of motion <an inanimate body>

  2. 2 :  not animated or lively :  dull

in·an·i·mate·ly adverb
in·an·i·mate·ness noun

Examples of inanimate

  1. <pathetic fallacy is the literary term for the ascription of human feelings or motives to inanimate natural elements>



Origin of inanimate

Middle English, from Late Latin inanimatus, from Latin in- + animatus, past participle of animare to animate


First Known Use: 15th century



INANIMATE Defined for Kids

inanimate

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adjective in·an·i·mate \i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Definition of inanimate

  1. :  not living <Stones are inanimate objects.>




Medical Dictionary

inanimate

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adjective in·an·i·mate \(ˈ)in-ˈan-ə-mət\

Medical Definition of inanimate

  1. :  not animate:a:  not endowed with life or spiritb:  lacking consciousness or power of motion





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