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1. Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms.
2. Not animated or energetic; dull.
3. Grammar Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for nonliving things: The word car is inanimate; the word dog is animate.

in·an′i·mate·ly adv.
in·an′i·mate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inanimateness - not having life
physiological property - a property having to do with the functioning of the body
deadness - the inanimate property of something that has died
insentience - lacking consciousness or ability to perceive sensations
animateness, liveness, aliveness - the property of being animated; having animal life as distinguished from plant life
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Chen's cultural studies project: to bring together all of these fields through a biopolitical lens that expands beyond the binary of life and death through the concept of "animacy," which Chen defines as the degrees of animateness and inanimateness that govern the hierarchies of all these imbricated ontologies.
But beyond that, he also wishes to return to a previous state of inanimateness, of perfection in death or nonexistence.