inanimate

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adjective in·an·i·mate \(ˌ)i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Definition of inanimate

  1. 1 :  not animate: a :  not endowed with life or spirit <an inanimate object> b :  lacking consciousness or power of motion <an inanimate body>

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 15th century



INANIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective in·an·i·mate \(ˌ)i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Definition of inanimate for English Language Learners

  • : not living : not capable of life


INANIMATE Defined for Kids

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adjective in·an·i·mate \i-ˈna-nə-mət\

Definition of inanimate for Students

  1. :  not living <Stones are inanimate objects.>


Medical Dictionary

inanimate

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

Medical Definition of inanimate

  1. :  not animate:a:  not endowed with life or spiritb:  lacking consciousness or power of motion



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