- not animate; lifeless.
- spiritless; sluggish; dull.
- Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting objects, concepts, and beings regarded as lacking perception and volition (opposed to animate).
Origin of inanimate
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1. inorganic, vegetable, mineral; inert, dead. 2. inactive, dormant, torpid.
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Examples from the Web for inanimation
- lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animateinanimate objects
- lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead
- lacking vitality; spiritless; dull
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Word Origin and History for inanimation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.
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