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inanimate

[in-an-uh-mit]
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adjective
  1. not animate; lifeless.
  2. spiritless; sluggish; dull.
  3. 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).
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Origin of inanimate

From the Late Latin word inanimātus, dating back to 1555–65. See in-3, animate
Related formsin·an·i·mate·ly, adverbin·an·i·mate·ness, in·an·i·ma·tion [in-an-uh-mey-shuh n] /ɪnˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun

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1. inorganic, vegetable, mineral; inert, dead. 2. inactive, dormant, torpid.
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British Dictionary definitions for inanimate

inanimate

adjective
  1. lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animateinanimate objects
  2. lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead
  3. lacking vitality; spiritless; dull
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Derived Formsinanimately, adverbinanimateness or inanimation (ɪnˌænɪˈmeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for inanimate

adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin inanimatus "lifeless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + animatus (see animation). The same word in 17c. also was a verb meaning "to infuse with life," from the other in- (see in- (2)).

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inanimate in Medicine

inanimate

(ĭn-ănə-mĭt)
adj.
  1. Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.
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Related formsin•ani•mate•ness n.
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