1. [ adjective ] (chemistry) not participating in a chemical reaction

"desired amounts of inactive chlorine"

Related terms: unreactive
2. [ adjective ] (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
Related terms: active pathology latent quiescent dead-end indolent arrested
3. [ adjective ] not active or exerting influence
Related terms: active quiescent
4. [ adjective ] lacking in energy or will
Synonyms: passive

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

Related terms: active hands-off resistless passivity
5. [ adjective ] not engaged in full-time work

"inactive reserve" (military) "an inactive member of the department"

Related terms: active military retired on_leave off off
6. [ adjective ] of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive
Synonyms: dormant

"a dormant volcano"

Related terms: extinct active quiescent dormancy
7. [ adjective ] of e.g. volcanos; permanently inactive
Synonyms: extinct

"an extinct volcano"

Related terms: dormant active dead extinction
8. [ adjective ] temporarily inactive
Synonyms: suspended in_abeyance abeyant
Related terms: delayed
9. [ adjective ] not in physical motion
Synonyms: still motionless static at_rest

"the inertia of an object at rest"

Related terms: nonmoving
10. [ adjective ] (military) not engaged in military action
Synonyms: reserve
Related terms: nonoperational
11. [ adjective ] lacking activity; lying idle or unused

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

Related terms: active idle dull dark strikebound dead closed inaction
12. [ adjective ] not active physically or mentally

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

Related terms: active sedentary hypoactive inert desk-bound dormant lethargic activeness
Similar spelling:   incitive