inaction

[in-ak-shuh n]

noun

absence of action; idleness.

Nearby words

  1. inability,
  2. inable,
  3. inaccessible,
  4. inaccuracy,
  5. inaccurate,
  6. inactivate,
  7. inactivated poliovirus vaccine,
  8. inactive,
  9. inactive repressor,
  10. inactively

Origin of inaction

First recorded in 1700–10; in-3 + action

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British Dictionary definitions for inaction

inaction

noun

lack of action; idleness; inertia
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Word Origin and History for inaction

inaction

n.

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

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