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in·ac·tion

 (ĭn-ăk′shən)
n.
Lack or absence of action.
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inaction

(ɪnˈækʃən)
n
lack of action; idleness; inertia
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in•ac•tion

(ɪnˈæk ʃən)

n.
absence of action; idleness.
[1700–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inaction - the state of being inactive
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
abeyance, suspension - temporary cessation or suspension
anergy - inactivity and lack of energy
halt, stoppage, arrest, hitch, stay, stop, check - the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"
calcification - an inflexible and unchanging state; "the calcification of negotiations"
deep freeze - temporary inactivity or suspension; "the legislation has now been revived after ten years in the deep freeze"
desuetude - a state of inactivity or disuse
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency - a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction; "the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy"
extinction - no longer active; extinguished; "the extinction of the volcano"
holding pattern - a state of inaction with no progress and no change; "you should go into a holding pattern until he gets over his disappointment"
rest - a state of inaction; "a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
doldrums, stagnation, stagnancy - a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"
stagnancy, stagnation - inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
stasis - inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces
activeness, activity, action - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
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inaction

noun inactivity, inertia, idleness, immobility, torpor, dormancy, torpidity He is bitter about the inaction of the other political parties.
Quotations
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" [Edmund Burke]
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inaction

noun
A lack of action or activity:
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Translations
سُكون، عَدَم حَرَكَه
nečinnost
passivitetuvirksomhed
tétlenség
aîgerîaleysi, framtaksleysi
hareketsizlik

inaction

[ɪnˈækʃən] Ninacción f, inactividad f
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inaction

[ɪnˈækʃən] ninaction f
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inaction

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

inaction

[ɪnˈækʃn] ninerzia, inazione f
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inactive

(inˈӕktiv) adjective
(formal).
1. not taking much exercise. You're fat because you're so inactive.
2. no longer working, functioning etc; not active. an inactive volcano.
inˈaction noun
inacˈtivity noun
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in·ac·tion

n. inacción, fallo en responder a un estímulo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
But the Honest Man explained that as he was merely the agent of a company of other honest men it was none of his affair; and when the officers came to serve him with a subpoena he hid himself behind his back and wiled away the dragging hours of retirement and inaction by picking his own pockets.
I shall suggest to the Ulema of the Imperial Ear that he advise inaction. In the name of Allah, the council is adjourned."
My brain had become so alert and eager, so quickened by the wonder of the new world the books had discovered to it, that it now suffered all the misery of stagnancy and inaction.
At last I roused myself from my inaction, and turning seaward walked straight into the water.
Two long hours he waited in terrible inaction. A deathlike silence reigned in the room above.
Then during the first day spent in inaction and solitude (he tried several times to fix his attention on the Masonic manuscripts, but was unable to do so) the idea that had previously occurred to him of the cabalistic significance of his name in connection with Bonaparte's more than once vaguely presented itself.
So frightful was the situation--the mysterious light burned with so silent and awful a menace; the noxious plants, the trees that by common consent are invested with a melancholy or baleful character, so openly in his sight conspired against his peace; from overhead and all about came so audible and startling whispers and the sighs of creatures so obviously not of earth--that he could endure it no longer, and with a great effort to break some malign spell that bound his faculties to silence and inaction, he shouted with the full strength of his lungs!
The interval was, consequently, spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling when he had leisure for reflection, and at length it took so fast hold of his mind that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.
Condemned to inaction and a state of constant restlessness and suspense, I rowed about in my boat, and waited, waited, waited, as I best could.
A full stomach conduces to inaction, and the cub lay in the cave, sleeping against his mother's side.
Inaction is unendurable; solitude has become horrible to me.
As it was, the "little dinner" compelled me to wait in absolute inaction through a whole week.