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Definitions for inaction
ɪnˈæk ʃənin·ac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inaction, inactivity, inactivenessnoun

    the state of being inactive


  1. inactionnoun

    Want of action or activity; forbearance from labor; idleness; rest; inertness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inactionnoun

    Cessation from labour; forbearance of labour.

    Etymology: inaction, Fr. in and action.

    The times and amusements past are not more like a dream to me, than those which are present: I lie in a refreshing kind of inaction. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inactionnoun

    want of action or activity; forbearance from labor; idleness; rest; inertness

  2. Etymology: [Pref. in. not + action: cf. inaction.]

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  1. aconitin

  2. nicotian

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inaction in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inaction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of inaction in a Sentence

  1. Gerry Connolly:

    It was a scene that has been repeated too often in the United States, and just as often, the response to these senseless killings has been inaction on the issue of gun control.

  2. Peter McWilliams:

    Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    The three fundamental Rules of Robotics...One: a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm...Two:..a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law...Three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.

  4. Katie Waldman:

    While we do not have official numbers to report at this time, current trends indicate enforcement efforts against single adults entering illegally have been hugely successful, however, the removal of actual family units, or those posing as family units, has been made virtually impossible by congressional inaction -- which will most likely result in record numbers of families arriving illegally in the United States this year.

  5. Emily Grossman:

    We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and non-violent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law, we therefore support those who are rising up peacefully against governments around the world that are failing to act proportionately to the scale of the crisis.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. dicotyledonous
    • B. bibulous
    • C. inexpiable
    • D. naiant

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