- 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 inanimate
She has been reduced to porter, to Sherpa, to something even less–some inanimate bit of set decoration.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
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“Thank God for my computer,” says the star, who often films personal “video diaries” with her inanimate friend.Six Things We Learned From the Beyoncé Documentary
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Firearms, after all, are inanimate objects, incapable of inflicting harm on their own initiative.Angry Gun-Control Debate Does Damage to Both the Right and the Left
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And Lara Stone's baby will not be named after a fruit or some other inanimate object.One Direction Is Launching Perfume; Kate Middleton Plays Hockey In Heels
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Libra Born under the only inanimate sign symbol—the Scales—you can be said to quell your very human emotions.Zodiac Beast: May 1-7
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He glanced gravely at me and at the white, inanimate face of Cross.In the Valley
The fakir was in the bag into which he had been put, cold and inanimate.
All this is equally applicable to the materials of inanimate nature.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Out of the inanimate rocks had sprung the marine plants—the seaweeds.The Meaning of Evolution
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He was just wood, inanimate and insensible, and there was still no sign.The Strolling Saint
- 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 inanimate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.
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