What does inactive mean?

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ɪnˈæk tɪvin·ac·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inactive(adj)

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

    "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"

  2. inactive(adj)

    (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly

  3. nonoperational, inactive(adj)

    (military) not involved in military operations

  4. inactive(adj)

    not exerting influence or change

  5. dormant, inactive(adj)

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

    "a dormant volcano"

  6. passive, inactive(adj)

    lacking in energy or will

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

  7. inactive(adj)

    lacking activity; lying idle or unused

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

  8. inactive(adj)

    not engaged in full-time work

    "inactive reserve"; "an inactive member"

  9. inactive(adj)

    not active physically or mentally

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

  10. inactive, motionless, static, still(adj)

    not in physical motion

    "the inertia of an object at rest"


  1. Inactive(a.)

    (Chem. & Biochem.) Lacking biological or biochemical activity; not causing a specific biological or biochemical effect; -- said of substances such as enzymes which have lost their catalytic power, or of small molecules which are tested for some type of biological activity and found to lack that activity; as, after boiling for ten minutes, the enzyme was totally inactive; the methyl analog was inactive as an antibiotic.

  2. Origin: [Pref. in- not + active: cf. F. inactif.]


  1. inactive(Adjective)

    Not active, temporarily or permanently

    The volcano is inactive, but is only dormant.

  2. inactive(Adjective)

    Not functioning or operating; broken down

    The photocopier is inactive pending repair.

  3. inactive(Adjective)

    Retired from duty or service

    Admiral Jones is now on the inactive list.

  4. inactive(Adjective)

    Relatively inert

    Aluminium is inactive towards water.

  5. inactive(Adjective)

    Showing no optical activity in polarized light

    Synthetic glycine is optically inactive as it contains equal amounts of the d- and l- form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inactive(adj)

    not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive

  2. Inactive(adj)

    not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer

  3. Inactive(adj)

    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

  4. Origin: [Pref. in- not + active: cf. F. inactif.]


  1. Inactive

    Indicates an absence of a measurable amount of a specific function or role performed by a biological entity in a Biophysical Process, Biochemical Reaction, or Biochemical Process.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inactive

    in-akt′iv, adj. having no power to move: idle: lazy: (chem.) not showing any action.—n. Inac′tion, idleness: rest.—adv. Inact′ively.—n. Inactiv′ity, idleness.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inactive

    Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inactive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inactive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of inactive in a Sentence

  1. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz:

    We certainly have reason to believe that the active attack group has not been fully rendered inactive.

  2. Ime Archibong:

    We are cutting off API access for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.

  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. Bridget Munger:

    Although river flooding has approached the two inactive coal basins at the facility, it appears there are currently no structural issues with those impoundments.

  5. Katie Harbath:

    The ad you wrote us about is currently inactive on our platform and is not running. Should it become active it would then be sent to third party fact checkers where they would have the option to review it.

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