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English adjective: inactive

1. inactive (chemistry) not participating in a chemical reaction; chemically inert


SamplesDesired amounts of inactive chlorine.


Similarunreactive


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry


Antonymsreactive

2. inactive (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly


Similardead-end, flat, indolent, latent, quiescent


Domain categorypathology


Antonymsactive

3. inactive (military) not involved in military operations


Synonymsnonoperational


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


Antonymsoperational

4. inactive not exerting influence or change


Similarquiescent


Antonymsactive

5. inactive (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct


SamplesA dormant volcano.


Synonymsdormant


Similarquiescent


Attributedormancy, quiescence, quiescency


Antonymsactive

6. inactive lacking in energy or will


SamplesMuch benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself.


Synonymspassive


Similarhands-off, resistless, supine, unresisting


Attributepassiveness, passivity


Antonymsactive

7. inactive lacking activity; lying idle or unused


SamplesAn inactive mine.
Inactive accounts.
Inactive machinery.


Similardark, dead, dull, idle, slow, sluggish, strikebound, unused


Antonymsactive

8. inactive not engaged in full-time work


SamplesInactive reserve.
An inactive member.


Similaroff, retired


Antonymsactive

9. inactive not active physically or mentally


SamplesIllness forced him to live an inactive life.
Dreamy and inactive by nature.


Similarabeyant, desk-bound, deskbound, dormant, hypoactive, inert, sedentary, sluggish, soggy, torpid, underactive


See alsolethargic, unenrgetic


Attributeactiveness, activity


Antonymsactive

10. inactive not in physical motion


SamplesThe inertia of an object at rest.


Synonymsmotionless, static, still


Similarnonmoving, unmoving


Antonymsmoving









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