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Meaning of INACTIVE

Pronunciation:  in'aktiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"
  2. [adj]  not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve" (military) ; "an inactive member of the department"
  3. [adj]  lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
  4. [adj]  (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
  5. [adj]  lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
  6. [adj]  of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano"
  7. [adj]  of e.g. volcanos; permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
  8. [adj]  not active or exerting influence
  9. [adj]  temporarily inactive
  10. [adj]  not in physical motion; "the inertia of an object at rest"
  11. [adj]  not engaged in military action
  12. [adj]  not participating in a chemical reaction; "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"

INACTIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: abeyant, arrested, at rest, closed, dark, dead, delayed, dormant, dull, hypoactive, idle, in abeyance(p), in remission, indolent, inert, latent, motionless, nonmoving, nonoperational, off duty(p), off(p), off-duty(a), on leave, passive, quiescent, reserve(a), resistless, retired, sedentary, slow, sluggish, static, still, strikebound, supine, suspended, torpid, underactive, unmoving, unreactive, unresisting, unused
 Antonyms: active, extinct, inactive
 See Also: lethargic, unergetic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*ac"tive\, a. [Pref. in- not + active: cf. F.
1. Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can
   not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself,

2. Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or
   industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.

3. (Chem. & Opt.) Not active; inert; esp., not exhibiting any
   action or activity on polarized light; optically neutral;
   -- said of isomeric forms of certain substances, in
   distinction from other forms which are optically active;
   as, racemic acid is an inactive tartaric acid.

Syn: Inert; dull; sluggish; idle; indolent; slothful; lazy.
     See {Inert}.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abeyant, apathetic, asleep, at a standstill, cataleptic, catatonic, contemplative, dead, deliberate, disengaged, do-nothing, dopey, dormant, dull, easy, flat, foul, groggy, hasteless, heavy, idle, immobile, in abeyance, in suspense, inanimate, indolent, inert, inoperative, jobless, lackadaisical, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, languid, languorous, latent, lazy, leaden, leisurely, lethargic, lifeless, listless, logy, meditative, motionless, neuter, neutral, ossified, out of work, pacific, paralytic, paralyzed, passive, peaceful, phlegmatic, placid, procrastinating, quiescent, quiet, quietist, quietistic, relaxed, resting, sedentary, serene, slack, sleeping, sleepy, slothful, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smoldering, somnolent, stagnant, stagnating, standing, standpat, static, stationary, still, supine, suspended, tame, torpid, tranquil, unactive, unaroused, unemployed, unhasty, unhurried, unmoving, unoccupied, vegetable, vegetative