Definitions of inactive

  1. temporarily inactive
  2. not in physical motion; " the inertia of an object at rest"
  3. of e. g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; " a dormant volcano"
  4. of e. g. volcanos; permanently inactive; " an extinct volcano"
  5. not participating in a chemical reaction; " desired amounts of inactive chlorine"
  6. not active physically or mentally; " illness forced him to live an inactive life"; " dreamy and inactive by nature"
  7. not engaged in full- time work; " inactive reserve" ( military) ; " an inactive member of the department"
  8. lacking activity; lying idle or unused; " an inactive mine"; " inactive accounts"; " inactive machinery"
  9. ( pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
  10. lacking in energy or will; " Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
  11. not active or exerting influence
  12. not engaged in military action
  13. not engaged in full- time work; " inactive reserve" ; " an inactive member of the department"
  14. not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
  15. Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive.
  16. Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.
  17. 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.
  18. Inactivity.
  19. Having no power to move; not inclined to move; sluggish; idle.
  20. Inactively.
  21. Having no power to move: idle: lazy: ( chem.) not showing any action.
  22. Not active; indolent; inert.
  23. Not active; inert; indisposed to action or effort; indolent; not acting or operating.
  24. Not active; dull; slothful; idle.

Usage examples for inactive

  1. Most concert players play their octaves more from the arm than from the wrist, but their wrist is nevertheless not so inactive as it seems to have appeared to you. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  2. Otherwise the Corps remained inactive where it was. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  3. He had remained quietly inactive and prudent, and, being liked, had been let alone by our own party. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  4. His was not a nature to rest inactive – The Eagle's Heart by Hamlin Garland
  5. 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
  6. Kinetic is the active, and potential the inactive form of energy. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  7. For some while after Leo gave him his liberty, he seems to have remained comparatively inactive – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  8. The Americans, however, were not so inactive – The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815 by G. R. Gleig
  9. And I can't remain inactive – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  10. For five weeks Charles remained inactive at length, on the 4th of June, he gave battle. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  11. To do something, and to do it quickly, were equally imperative, because the term of the regular troops would expire in a few days more, and no one realized better than the commander- in- chief that the militia could not long be held together inactive in camp. – The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77 by Samuel Adams Drake
  12. Nor were the federal party idle or inactive – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. The inactive buds in these cuttings may be brought into active growth, and roots induced to grow from the cut surfaces by various means. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  14. He felt for his whistle while they remained inactive uncertain. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  15. Discord had crept into his councils; for some of the chiefs became seriously alarmed at finding that the gentry of England were not prepared to join the expedition, but preferred remaining at home inactive spectators of the contest. – Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems by W.E. Aytoun
  16. The heavy cavalry had already lost several men under the withering fire to which they had been exposed during the few minutes their advance had lasted, and they were now compelled to remain inactive while the action was going forward, as their brethren of the light cavalry had been in the morning. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. Even the important- looking police constables of Lowestoft, with their little canes, were crestfallen, sullen, and inactive – The Invasion by William Le Queux
  18. We had got the chase within range of our guns, and we were not likely to let them remain inactive – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  19. Such as she was in poetry, her work was mostly done before 1830. After that date she wrote some mediocre prose stories, but was comparatively inactive in verse. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  20. His interest did not die, but it became inactive – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009