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inaction

[in-ak-shuh n] /ɪnˈæk ʃən/
noun
1.
absence of action; idleness.
Origin of inaction
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; in-3 + action
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  • Now every minute's inaction increased this spirit of restlessness.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • A rush of impatience succeeded the inaction of his memories.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • They were appalled by inaction and by the feel of something terrible impending.

    White Fang Jack London
  • After three months of inaction give light, warmth and moisture.

  • Cesare sat impotent in Rome, no doubt vexed by his own inaction.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for inaction

inaction

/ɪnˈækʃən/
noun
1.
lack of action; idleness; inertia
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Word Origin and History for inaction
n.

1707, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + action.

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