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
Schwarzman declined to comment through a spokeswoman, who said the fund's advisory board has been inactive.
Jackson was claimed off waivers by the Browns before week 15 last season and was inactive for all three games.
Schwarzman declined to comment through a spokeswoman, who said the fund’s advisory board has been inactive.
SDSU scientists who studied the fault in Old Town determined that the system — which before about 1990 was thought to be inactive — generates a magnitude 6.5 to 6.8 earthquake about once every 700 years.
Limone voluntarily surrendered her child-care provider license, and her licensing status is currently listed as inactive.
Active, inactive and retired United States service men and women can have free access to the park during the Military Days.
If a student has been inactive for more than a week, Kent will reach out to see if everything’s OK.
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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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