- inert; unreactive.
- noting a compound that has no effect on polarized light.
- inactivated poliovirus vaccine,
- inactive repressor,
Origin of inactive
Examples from the Web for inactive
Women who were active most days were more than three times more likely to have fertility problems than inactive women.Exercise and Fertility: Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant?|DailyBurn|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In online-dating speak, these inactive users are known as “date bait.”
The demolition work also is predicted to be more complicated because of inactive utility lines.Los Angeles Area Girds for Carmageddon II Freeway Closure|Christine Pelisek|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Arulanandam says it is “overly generous” to say that gun control groups are moribund and inactive.NRA Has Democrats Running Scared in Eric Holder Contempt Vote|Eleanor Clift, Patricia Murphy|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So, we can be inactive in ordinary markets in a way we cannot be for health care, where illness thrusts activity upon us.Economists Argue Over the Cost of Caring for the Uninsured|Einer Elhauge|March 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is well for us that they will now be forced to be inactive.The Cat of Bubastes|G. A. Henty
The papacy was not inactive in presence of all these efforts.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
He liked simplicity, and moreover he felt the need of exercise now that his work kept him inactive most of the time.Children of the Desert|Louis Dodge
Ten hours to wait—ten hours to be passive, inactive—to be doing nothing!Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
Five thousand men of the Eleventh Corps, who were eager to retrieve their misfortune, were also inactive.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson