Definition of inaction
: lack of action or activity : idleness
Examples of inaction in a Sentence
The protesters criticized the administration's inaction on environmental issues.
We must consider the consequences of continued inaction.
Recent Examples of inaction from the Web
Whether such moves were isolated, part of a campaign to show China the price of inaction or steps toward a more confrontational strategy was unclear.
The only reason for delay and inaction would be an unwillingness to deliver on a six-year-old promise to fully repeal ObamaCare.
Unlike her Gryffindor besties, who routinely act out of impulse, Hermione is smart enough to weigh the risks of action and inaction—and then courageous and creative enough to act decisively in the face of invariably dim odds.
The problem facing these new recycling start-ups, however, is still the lack of funds – and government inaction.
Even worse, we were dismayed at the (church) board’s inaction and out-right refusal to fire the teacher involved.
Such a vicious cycle, retrenchment ensuring inaction, could only further demoralize grass-roots Republicans, deteriorating the party’s standing even more.
In response to Trump's inaction in declaring Pride Month, here are the reactions of seven LGBTQ+ college students.
The biggest bright spot for the party and for Trump remains Senate confirmation in early April of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whose elevation goes far to placate conservatives frustrated with inaction on other fronts.
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First Known Use of inaction
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Definition of inaction for English Language Learners
: failure to do something that should be done : lack of action or activity
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Definition of inaction for Students
: lack of action or activity Dove and Dusty were paralyzed into complete inaction. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain
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