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in·ac·tive

 (ĭn-ăk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Not active or tending to be active: inactive students at risk for gaining weight.
2.
a. Not functioning or operating; out of use: inactive machinery.
b. Not being in continuous use or operation: an inactive brokerage account.
3. Retired from duty or service: inactive military personnel.
4. Chemistry Not readily participating in chemical reactions; inert.
5. Medicine Marked by the absence or lessening of disease activity.
6. Physics Showing no optical activity in polarized light.

in·ac′tive·ly adv.
in′ac·tiv′i·ty, in·ac′tive·ness n.
Synonyms: inactive, idle, inert, dormant, latent, quiescent
These adjectives mean not involved in or disposed to movement or activity. Inactive indicates absence of activity: retired but not inactive; an inactive factory. Idle refers to persons who are not doing anything or are not busy: employees who were idle because of the strike. It also refers to what is not in use or operation: idle machinery. Inert describes things powerless to move themselves or to produce a desired effect; applied to persons, it implies lethargy or sluggishness, especially of mind or spirit: "The Honorable Mrs. Jamieson ... was fat and inert, and very much at the mercy of her old servants" (Elizabeth C. Gaskell).
Dormant refers to a state of suspended activity but often implies the possibility of renewal: dormant feelings of affection. What is latent is present but not evident: latent ability. Quiescent sometimes—but not always—suggests temporary inactivity: "For a time, he [the whale] lay quiescent" (Herman Melville).

inactive

(ɪnˈæktɪv)
adj
1. idle or inert; not active
2. sluggish, passive, or indolent
3. (Military) military of or relating to persons or equipment not in active service
4. (Chemistry) chem (of a substance) having little or no reactivity
5. (General Physics) (of an element, isotope, etc) having little or no radioactivity
inˈactively adv
ˌinacˈtivity, inˈactiveness n

in•ac•tive

(ɪnˈæk tɪv)

adj.
1. not active: an inactive volcano.
2. sedentary: an inactive life.
3. sluggish; indolent.
4. not on active military duty.
5.
a. chemically inert.
b. having no effect on polarized light.
[1715–25]
in•ac′tive•ly, adv.
in`ac•tiv′i•ty, in•ac′tive•ness, n.
syn: inactive, dormant, inert, torpid suggest lack of activity. inactive describes a person or thing that is not acting, moving, functioning, or operating: an inactive board member; inactive laws. dormant suggests the quiescence or inactivity of that which sleeps or seems to sleep, but may be roused to action: a dormant geyser. inert suggests something with no inherent power of motion or action; it may also refer to a person disinclined to move or act: the inert body of an accident victim. torpid suggests a state of suspended activity, esp. of animals that hibernate: Snakes are torpid in cold weather.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inactive - (chemistry) not participating in a chemical reaction; chemically inert; "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
unreactive - (chemistry) not reacting chemically
2.inactive - (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
active - tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"
3.inactive - (military) not involved in military operations
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
4.inactive - not exerting influence or change
active - exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient"
5.inactive - (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct ; "a dormant volcano"
6.inactive - lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
7.inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
active - full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
8.inactive - not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve"; "an inactive member"
active - engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
9.inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"
lethargic, unenrgetic - deficient in alertness or activity; "bullfrogs became lethargic with the first cold nights"
active - characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
10.inactive - not in physical motion; "the inertia of an object at rest"
nonmoving, unmoving - not in motion

inactive

adjective
1. unused, idle, dormant, latent, inert, immobile, mothballed, out of service, inoperative, abeyant The satellite has been inactive since its launch two years ago.
unused working, used, running, mobile, operative
2. idle, unemployed, out of work, jobless, unoccupied, kicking your heels He has been inactive since last year.
idle employed, occupied
3. lazy, passive, slow, quiet, dull, low-key (informal), sluggish, lethargic, sedentary, indolent, somnolent, torpid, slothful He certainly was not politically inactive.
lazy active, busy, energetic, vibrant, diligent, industrious

inactive

adjective
1. Marked by a lack of action or activity:
2. Not occupied or put to use:
3. Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state:
Translations
خامِد، هامِد، ساكِنغَير فَعّال
línýnečinný
inaktivuvirksom
inaktívtétlen
óvirkursem hreyfir sig lítiî
neaktyvusnejudrusneveikimasneveiklumaspasyvumas
bezdarbīgskūtrspasīvs
nič nerobiaci
faal olmayanhareketsiz

inactive

[ɪnˈæktɪv] ADJ [person, animal, volcano, life, substance] → inactivo

inactive

[ɪnˈæktɪv] adj
[person] → inactif/ive
[thing] → inactif/ive
[volcano] → en sommeil

inactive

adjuntätig; person, life, hands alsomüßig (geh); mindträge, müßig (geh); volcanoerloschen, untätig; (Fin) accountumsatzlos; don’t have money lying inactive in the banklassen Sie (Ihr) Geld nicht auf der Bank brachliegen

inactive

[ɪnˈæktɪv] adjinattivo/a

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

inactive

a. inactivo-a, pasivo-a.

inactive

adj inactivo
References in classic literature ?
A WEASEL, inactive from age and infirmities, was not able to catch mice as he once did.
As for myself, the bonds of will which held me inactive seemed like bands of steel which numbed all my faculties, except sight and hearing.
Don Quixote now felt it right to quit a life of such idleness as he was leading in the castle; for he fancied that he was making himself sorely missed by suffering himself to remain shut up and inactive amid the countless luxuries and enjoyments his hosts lavished upon him as a knight.
At eight o'clock the next morning the first stroke of the pickaxe was struck upon the soil of Florida; and from that moment that prince of tools was never inactive for one moment in the hands of the excavators.
In this case our ordinary system of habits--those which we call expressive of our 'real selves'-- inhibit or quench (keep inactive or partially inactive) those habits and instinctive tendencies which belong largely in the past"(p.
This I feared was but too probably the case; since how could it be otherwise accounted for that I should have escaped the same indisposition, but by supposing that the bodily Exertions I had undergone in my repeated fits of frenzy had so effectually circulated and warmed my Blood as to make me proof against the chilling Damps of Night, whereas, Sophia lying totally inactive on the ground must have been exposed to all their severity.
Too joyfully restless to remain inactive any longer, they jumped up again from the seat.
Her electric apparatus remained inactive and her motionless screw left her to drift at the mercy of the currents.
The air of a gentlewoman, a great deal of quiet, inactive good temper, and a trifling turn of mind were all that could account for her being the choice of a sensible, intelligent man like Mr.
But scarcely half an hour after the sail had been hoisted, the rowers became inactive, reclining on their benches, and, making an eye-shade with their hands, pointed out to each other a white spot which appeared on the horizon as motionless as a gull rocked by the viewless respiration of the waves.
Within half an hour adjutants had been sent in various directions with orders which showed that the Russian troops, who had hitherto been inactive, would also soon have to meet the enemy.
The more she thought of the matter, the more convinced she became that the recent telephone message might be but a ruse to keep them inactive until the boy was safely hidden away or spirited out of England.