Definition of inanimate
- an inanimate object
- an inanimate body
“pathetic fallacy” is the literary term for the ascription of human feelings or motives to inanimate natural elements
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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.)
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: not living : not capable of life
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