in·​ac·​tion (ˌ)i-ˈnak-shən How to pronounce inaction (audio)
: 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 on the Web Human rights and moral action Moral equivalence only defends inaction, then, if the acknowledgment of wrongdoing on each side is taken to indicate the impossibility of finding any meaningful moral difference between the sides. Michael Blake, The Conversation, 31 May 2024 Do your best to be as honest as possible in exploring your feelings, your actions and your inaction. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024 In effect, the Supreme Court’s inaction had decided the case for the current election cycle. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 23 May 2024 Climate protest coalition Last Generation took credit for the stunt, claiming it was intended to draw attention to the German government's inaction on the airline industry's environmental impact. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for inaction 

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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inaction was in 1707

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“Inaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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in·​ac·​tion (ˈ)in-ˈak-shən How to pronounce inaction (audio)
: lack of action or activity : idleness

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