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  • 1The state of being inactive; idleness.

    ‘don't suddenly take up vigorous exercise after years of inactivity’
    • ‘Unlike species in colder climates, tropical species experience a period of inactivity associated with the dry season.’
    • ‘Muscle fibre composition does not appear to change during short periods of inactivity.’
    • ‘To talk about an epidemic of obesity is like talking about a plague of inactivity or a contagion of overeating.’
    • ‘Platinum also finds applications in systems where chemical inactivity is an important property.’
    • ‘Several aspects of the observed inactivity strongly resembled the dormancy induced by the water loss.’
    • ‘Eating too much or inactivity is likely to have some influence.’
    • ‘Increased levels of physical inactivity have been reported for Asian Indians.’
    • ‘Most fear that all they have gained through hard training will be lost during a period of inactivity.’
    • ‘There is evidence that links physical inactivity with the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis in the United States.’
    • ‘Those who reported physical inactivity were invited to come to the research center to complete the questionnaire.’
    • ‘What you want to do is avoid having your credit card canceled because of inactivity.’
    • ‘She did venture outside after several hours of forced inactivity.’
    • ‘But sleep can be thought of just as a period of inactivity.’
    • ‘There is no off switch and the unit simply shuts down after a couple of minutes of inactivity.’
    • ‘The major causes are poor dietary habits and inactivity.’
    • ‘Alongside rising employment and falling unemployment, economic inactivity has also been increasing.’
    • ‘Hip stiffness is common, particularly after inactivity, and can be a presenting feature.’
    • ‘Physical inactivity accounts for many of these deaths.’
    • ‘For one thing the study of the solar system was revitalized after a long period of relative inactivity.’
    • ‘Stiffness may occur following periods of inactivity.’
    idleness, indolence, laziness, lifelessness, slothfulness, shiftlessness, lethargy, inertia, slowness, sluggishness, stagnancy, doziness, listlessness
    inaction, passivity, dormancy, non-intervention, laissez-faire
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    1. 1.1Reluctance to take action; apathy.
      ‘people are frustrated with government inactivity’
      • ‘The idea of being refused had almost frozen John into inactivity.’
      • ‘Despite his inactivity, he has taken his full allowance.’
      • ‘The inactivity of the opposition movements currently in China is only a superficial phenomenon.’
      • ‘The only thing that seems to drive me crazy is inactivity.’
      • ‘This seems to me to confuse inactivity with neutrality.’
      • ‘It was then a period of great inactivity in economic science.’
      • ‘Others say the seeming inactivity is no illusion.’
      • ‘To separate theory and practice too much leads to hypocrisy or inactivity.’
      • ‘As his ship had been part of the convoy he had angrily attacked Kirke and the army for their inactivity.’
      • ‘Six weeks of idle talk and inactivity cannot leave the least doubt as to the incapacity or ill-will of the Government.’
      • ‘Respondents were particularly unhappy about Government inactivity.’
      • ‘On this occasion, government and police cannot be accused of inactivity or complacency.’
      • ‘I have constituents who are about to lose their businesses because of the inactivity on this issue.’
      • ‘It pulls us into a life of silence and inactivity, lying and hiding our true fears.’
      • ‘Others say the inactivity has more to do with government concerns about potential political and military fallout.’
      • ‘But it is the inactivity of the US army, which is accused of standing by and watching the attacks, that has caused fury.’
      • ‘The evidence which was relied upon to establish the abuse of process may be the plaintiff's inactivity.’
      • ‘When a person does not feel that his actions are significant, he either allows impulses to dominate his behavior or slouches into inactivity.’
      • ‘The inactivity last Saturday cost Avenue as they slipped to 21st in the table before the visit to fourth-placed Barrow.’
      • ‘The practice of Tao consists in subtracting day by day: subtracting and yet again subtracting until one has reached inactivity.’



/ˌinakˈtivədē/ /ˌɪnækˈtɪvədi/