Definition of inactive
: not active: such asa (1) : sedentary (2) : indolent, sluggishb (1) : being out of use (2) : relating to or being members of the armed forces who are not performing or available for military duties (3) of a disease : quiescentc (1) : chemically inert (2) : optically neutral in polarized lightd : biologically inert especially because of the loss of some quality (such as infectivity or antigenicity)
inactivityplay \(ˌ)i-ˌnak-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
Examples of inactive in a Sentence
Inactive people suffer higher rates of heart disease.
it's easiest to catch snakes early in the morning, while they're still cold and inactive
Recent Examples of inactive from the Web
There are some 100 exorcist priests licensed by the church in France, according to the International Association of Exorcists in Rome, but most are inactive.
Phillips had been raising money on her own for a new van that could accommodate her wheelchair, but as of Monday morning, her GoFundMe page was inactive, thanks to Lamar’s generosity.
On Opening Day this year, a record 259 players on 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the United States — 229 in Latin American countries.
The council was created 60 years ago to navigate America’s first forays into space but has been inactive since 1993.
Charges of trespassing in May 2013and theft in June 2013 were placed on the inactive docket and charges of second-degree assault in January 2011 were dismissed according to court records.
Lentz said both of those negotiation teams were inactive during Norton's absence due to lack of need.
Charlotte 28273, offers free admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3.
State records link him to about 80 LLCs, though many are inactive.
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First Known Use of inactive
Synonym Discussion of inactive
INACTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inactive for English Language Learners
: not doing things that require physical movement and energy : not exercising
: not involved in the activities of a group or organization
: no longer being used : not currently being used
INACTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of inactive for Students
: not active or in use an inactive volcano inactive mines
Medical Definition of inactive
: not active: asa: marked by deliberate or enforced absence of activity or effort forced by illness to lead an inactive lifebof a disease : not progressing or fulminant : quiescentc (1): chemically inert inactive charcoal (2): not exhibiting optical activity in polarized lightd: biologically inert especially because of the loss of some quality (as infectivity or antigenicity)
inactivity\(ˌ)in-ˌak-ˈtiv-ət-ē\play noun plural
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