inactive

adjective
in·​ac·​tive | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnak-tiv How to pronounce inactive (audio) \

Definition of inactive

: not active: such as
a(1) : sedentary
b(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 : quiescent
c(1) : chemically inert
(2) : optically neutral in polarized light
d : biologically inert especially because of the loss of some quality (such as infectivity or antigenicity)

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Other Words from inactive

inactively adverb
inactivity \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce inactivity (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inactive

Synonyms

dull, inert, lethargic, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, torpid

Antonyms

active

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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

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

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Loneliness takes a physical toll, according to researchers, and is worse for longevity than being obese or physically inactive. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Houseparty Chat App Co-Founder Sees ‘Loneliness Epidemic’ on the Horizon," 22 May 2019 Barry, 81, is an attorney and Third Circuit Senior Judge, but took an inactive status last February. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Trump’s sister sells Mar-a-Lago-adjacent mansion to nephews Eric and Donald Trump Jr.," 18 May 2018 Frank let his law license go to inactive status in 2002. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Former mayoral candidate Tom Knox victim of Ponzi scheme," 23 Mar. 2018 But Little Rock did have a large number of diabetic and physically inactive people, coming in at number five for both categories. Melissa Matthews, Newsweek, "Where to Live if You Want to Be Thin: America's Fattest Cities, Ranked," 14 Mar. 2018 His company filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and appears to be inactive. Paul Pringle, latimes.com, "Claiming to be Cherokee, contractors with white ancestry got $300 million," 26 June 2019 This week Jones and Ford were inactive and Green was active. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks live chat rewind: Bruce Irvin to the Seahawks? Dissecting the loss to the Chargers," 6 Nov. 2018 A week later, as the team prepared to play in Jacksonville, Hill was a surprise inactive and then – to the surprise of head coach Marvin Lewis – elected to have season-ending ankle surgery. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Jeremy Hill says goodbye to the Cincinnati Bengals," 31 Jan. 2018 Regarding the other social media platforms—Instagram and Facebook—only resort to these avenues if the person is not on LinkedIn or seems inactive there. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "My Boss Follows Me on Instagram — What Do I Do?," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of inactive

1664, in the meaning defined above

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inactive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inactive

: 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

adjective
in·​ac·​tive | \ i-ˈnak-tiv How to pronounce inactive (audio) \

Kids Definition of inactive

: not active or in use an inactive volcano inactive mines

inactive

adjective
in·​ac·​tive | \ (ˈ)in-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce inactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of inactive

: not active: as
a : marked by deliberate or enforced absence of activity or effort forced by illness to lead an inactive life
b of a disease : not progressing or fulminant : quiescent
c(1) : chemically inert inactive charcoal
(2) : not exhibiting optical activity in polarized light
d : biologically inert especially because of the loss of some quality (as infectivity or antigenicity)

Other Words from inactive

inactivity \ (ˌ)in-​ˌak-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce inactivity (audio) \ noun, plural inactivities

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