inanimate

adjective in·an·i·mate \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-nə-mət \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of inanimate

1 : not animate:
a : not endowed with life or spirit
  • an inanimate object
b : lacking consciousness or power of motion
  • an inanimate body
2 : not animated or lively : dull

inanimately

adverb

inanimateness

noun

Examples of inanimate in a Sentence

  1. “pathetic fallacy” is the literary term for the ascription of human feelings or motives to inanimate natural elements

Recent Examples of inanimate from the Web

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Did You Know?

The couch you sit on while you watch TV is an inanimate object, as is your footrest, your bag of snacks, and your remote control. Spend too much time on that couch and you risk becoming a couch potato. (A potato is an inanimate object.)

Origin and Etymology of inanimate

Middle English, from Late Latin inanimatus, from Latin in- + animatus, past participle of animare to animate



INANIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

inanimate

adjective

Definition of inanimate for English Language Learners

  • : not living : not capable of life


INANIMATE Defined for Kids

inanimate

adjective in·an·i·mate \ i-ˈna-nə-mət \

Definition of inanimate for Students

: not living
  • Stones are inanimate objects.

Medical Dictionary

inanimate

adjective in·an·i·mate \ (ˈ)in-ˈan-ə-mət \

medical Definition of inanimate

: not animate:
a : not endowed with life or spirit
b : lacking consciousness or power of motion


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