inaction

noun

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

Example Sentences

The protesters criticized the administration's inaction on environmental issues. We must consider the consequences of continued inaction.
Recent Examples on the Web Actions speak louder than words, and the inaction taken over three decades demonstrates the lack of will, funding and concern to save this theater. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Israel says the raids aim to dismantle militant infrastructure and and that it has been forced to act because of the inaction of Palestinian security forces. Sam Mcneil, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 Israel says the raids aim to dismantle militant infrastructure and and that it has been forced to act because of the inaction of Palestinian security forces. Sam Mcneil, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2022 The 10 governor's races to watch in the 2022 midterms During a period of inaction of Washington, governors have taken a prominent role in forming national policy on a number of important fronts. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 From your perch, what does the legislative inaction around the police reform agenda say about the ground-level movement that was spurred by Floyd’s murder? Jake Pearson, ProPublica, 24 Oct. 2022 This is the first time in history that the collective action of many nations—or more accurately, the collective inaction of many nations—will have made several sovereign countries uninhabitable. Kausea Natano, Time, 28 Sep. 2022 Caitlin did a great job putting it together, but the inaction for basically six weeks is really striking. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2022 On one hand, Durant’s desires and the accompanying inaction has brought the personnel market to a half. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inaction. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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inaction

noun

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

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