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

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-shuhn] /ɪnˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun

Synonyms for inanimate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inanimation

Historical Examples of inanimation

  • Rest had turned to inanimation, quiet to dulness, peace to stagnation.


    Maud Wilder Goodwin

  • It was an eighty-six years' smile—not the smile of inanimation, but of Christian courage and of Christian hope.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions 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
Derived Formsinanimately, adverbinanimateness or inanimation (ɪnˌænɪˈmeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for inanimation



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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inanimation in Medicine




Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.
Related formsin•ani•mate•ness n.
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