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Definitions of inactive

  1. not participating in a chemical reaction; "desired amounts of inactive chlorine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve" (military) ; "an inactive member of the department" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not active or exerting influence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. not engaged in military action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve" ; "an inactive member of the department" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Having no power to move; not inclined to move; sluggish; idle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Having no power to move: idle: lazy: (chem.) not showing any action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Not active; indolent; inert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Not active; inert; indisposed to action or effort; indolent; not acting or operating. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Not active; dull; slothful; idle. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for inactive

  1. Just as a correspondent cited above seemed to believe that American security holders could be compelled to remain inactive while foreigners sold their holdings, so these people imagined that holders of one class of securities could be kept quiet while the prices of some other class were declining in a free market. – The New York Stock Exchange in the Crisis of 1914 by Henry George Stebbins Noble
  2. And I can't remain inactive – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
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