inactive

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adjective in·ac·tive \(ˌ)i-ˈnak-tiv\

Definition of inactive

  1. :  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)

inactively

adverb

inactivity

play \(ˌ)i-ˌnak-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of inactive in a Sentence

  1. Inactive people suffer higher rates of heart disease.

  2. it's easiest to catch snakes early in the morning, while they're still cold and inactive

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First Known Use of inactive

1664

Synonym Discussion of inactive

inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work. on inactive status as an astronaut inactive accounts idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements. workers were idle in the fields inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity. inert ingredients in drugs an inert citizenry passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control. passive resistance supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence. a supine willingness to play the fool

INACTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

inactive

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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

inactive

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adjective in·ac·tive \i-ˈnak-tiv\

Definition of inactive for Students

  1. :  not active or in use an inactive volcano inactive mines


Medical Dictionary

inactive

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adjective in·ac·tive \(ˈ)in-ˈak-tiv\

Medical Definition of inactive

  1. :  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

inactivities



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