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inanimate

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

: not living : not capable of life

Full Definition of INANIMATE

1
:  not animate:
a :  not endowed with life or spirit <an inanimate object>
b :  lacking consciousness or power of motion <an inanimate body>
2
:  not animated or lively :  dull
in·an·i·mate·ly adverb
in·an·i·mate·ness noun
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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

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INANIMATENESS Defined for Kids

inanimate

adjective in·an·i·mate \i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Definition of INANIMATE for Kids

:  not living <Stones are inanimate objects.>
Medical Dictionary

inanimate

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

Medical Definition of INANIMATE

:  not animate: a :  not endowed with life or spirit b :  lacking consciousness or power of motion

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