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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.
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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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