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Synonyms for inactive
ɪnˈæk tɪvin·ac·tive

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inactive

    Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.

    Synonyms:
    idle, indolent, inert, lazy, slothful, sluggish, trifling, unemployed, unoccupied, vacant

    Antonyms:
    active, busy, diligent, employed, industrious, occupied, working

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inactive

    Synonyms:
    idle, lazy, inert, indolent, sluggish, slothful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inactiveadjective

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

    "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    reactive, open, gymnastic, progressive, nimble, active, going(a), astir(p), overactive, quick, bustling, sporty, spry, busy, hot, hyperactive, surface-active, agile, springy, counteractive, about(p), brisk, moving, acrobatic, activated, on the go(p), athletic

  2. inactiveadjective

    (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    springy, moving, nimble, gymnastic, agile, on the go(p), busy, athletic, active, astir(p), acrobatic, open, surface-active, progressive, counteractive, about(p), hyperactive, spry, brisk, sporty, bustling, overactive, hot, activated, reactive, going(a), quick

  3. nonoperational, inactiveadjective

    (military) not involved in military operations

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    going(a), moving, nimble, reactive, busy, activated, active, gymnastic, springy, counteractive, sporty, athletic, open, about(p), hot, on the go(p), spry, overactive, hyperactive, astir(p), bustling, progressive, acrobatic, surface-active, agile, brisk, quick

  4. inactiveadjective

    not exerting influence or change

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    brisk, bustling, busy, moving, acrobatic, active, sporty, hot, on the go(p), progressive, going(a), gymnastic, counteractive, nimble, astir(p), hyperactive, agile, springy, spry, reactive, open, overactive, surface-active, about(p), quick, activated, athletic

  5. dormant, inactiveadjective

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

    "a dormant volcano"

    Synonyms:
    passive, sleeping, dormant(ip), dormant, abeyant, still, hibernating(a), nonoperational, static, motionless, torpid

    Antonyms:
    active, activated, progressive, open, brisk, about(p), going(a), surface-active, springy, counteractive, hyperactive, athletic, sporty, quick, spry, overactive, on the go(p), moving, nimble, gymnastic, reactive, acrobatic, astir(p), bustling, hot, agile, busy

  6. passive, inactiveadjective

    lacking in energy or will

    "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith

    Synonyms:
    passive, dormant, still, peaceful, nonoperational, static, motionless

    Antonyms:
    progressive, open, agile, athletic, springy, bustling, activated, astir(p), hyperactive, active, nimble, overactive, about(p), busy, quick, gymnastic, counteractive, sporty, hot, surface-active, brisk, spry, acrobatic, moving, on the go(p), reactive, going(a)

  7. inactiveadjective

    lacking activity; lying idle or unused

    "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    hyperactive, active, athletic, busy, about(p), activated, astir(p), hot, overactive, bustling, on the go(p), moving, going(a), quick, counteractive, gymnastic, springy, surface-active, reactive, nimble, spry, acrobatic, open, progressive, agile, sporty, brisk

  8. inactiveadjective

    not engaged in full-time work

    "inactive reserve"; "an inactive member"

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    nimble, on the go(p), progressive, hot, about(p), activated, moving, surface-active, hyperactive, active, counteractive, astir(p), open, reactive, busy, bustling, acrobatic, quick, going(a), gymnastic, springy, spry, overactive, agile, brisk, athletic, sporty

  9. inactiveadjective

    not active physically or mentally

    "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"

    Synonyms:
    static, dormant, motionless, still, nonoperational, passive

    Antonyms:
    active, acrobatic, surface-active, about(p), springy, athletic, nimble, activated, moving, spry, open, sporty, reactive, bustling, going(a), on the go(p), gymnastic, counteractive, hyperactive, overactive, busy, astir(p), progressive, quick, hot, brisk, agile

  10. inactive, motionless, static, stilladjective

    not in physical motion

    "the inertia of an object at rest"

    Synonyms:
    static, smooth, motionless, placid, electrostatic, tranquil, soundless, unruffled, still, quiet, unchanging, silent, noneffervescent, nonoperational, passive, stable, dormant

    Antonyms:
    hyperactive, going(a), springy, overactive, surface-active, gymnastic, on the go(p), active, counteractive, athletic, quick, spry, open, busy, agile, astir(p), activated, about(p), acrobatic, nimble, hot, progressive, sporty, bustling, reactive, brisk, moving

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inactiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    inert, lazy, indolent, idle, slothful, supine, torpid, sluggish, dronish, lumpish, passive, fabian

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inactiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    inert, motionless, quiescent, dormant, inoperative, sluggish, stagnant, dilatory, latent, passive, torpid

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How to use inactive in a sentence?

  1. David Dunstan:

    Unfortunately at the population level, the majority of the population are overweight or obese and the majority of the population are inactive, the message here is that health gains could be made at the population level if sitting time was reduced, of course, in addition to engaging in regular exercise.

  2. Rafael Nadal:

    I’ve come here with a different motivation because I’ve had a spell that wasn’t good for me because for the last seven months I’ve been fairly inactive and had complications, i’m closer to the level I want to reach which is why I feel I’m taking little steps forward and that’s good. Recovery is like a ladder which you don’t climb running but rather step by step.

  3. Gulfport Mayor Bill Hewes:

    Some of those include the obesity rate [ and ] the number of people that have been inactive which is over 50 percent in the past 30 days.

  4. State Bar Court:

    The State Bar of California has filed a petition to enroll this licensee on interim inactive status, alleging that the licensees conduct poses a substantial threat of harm to clients or the public, the petition involves a charge that the licensee engaged in a major misappropriation of client funds.

  5. Benjamin Forrest:

    Even before the universe was 2 billion years old, XMM-2599 had already formed a mass of more than 300 billion suns, making it an ultramassive galaxy, more remarkably, we show that XMM-2599 formed most of its stars in a huge frenzy when the universe was less than 1 billion years old, and then became inactive by the time the universe was only 1.8 billion years old.


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