unreactive

adjective
un·​re·​ac·​tive | \ ˌən-rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce unreactive (audio) \

Definition of unreactive

: not tending to react : not reactive pupils unreactive to light chemically unreactive solvents

Examples of unreactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In between is just a short, unreactive benzene ring. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2022 Surrounding this core is an intermediate unreactive layer, for example a zinc sulfide shell. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 These are the types of lasers that are best suited to photonics applications that need to use inert materials—oxides are very unreactive—and need to be small. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 1 June 2019 Although nitrogen is the most abundant element in air, the molecular form of nitrogen found there is largely unreactive. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of unreactive

1832, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Unreactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreactive. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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unreactive

adjective
un·​re·​ac·​tive | \ -rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce unreactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of unreactive

: not reactive pupils unreactive to light an unreactive gas

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