inaction

noun in·ac·tion \ (ˌ)i-ˈnak-shən \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of inaction

: lack of action or activity : idleness

Examples of inaction in a Sentence

  1. The protesters criticized the administration's inaction on environmental issues.

  2. We must consider the consequences of continued inaction.

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First Known Use of inaction

1707

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Definition of inaction for English Language Learners

  • : failure to do something that should be done : lack of action or activity


INACTION Defined for Kids

inaction

noun in·ac·tion \ i-ˈnak-shən \

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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