[ in-an-uh-mit ]
/ ɪnˈæn ə mɪt /


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

SYNONYMS FOR inanimate

Related forms

in·an·i·mate·ly, adverbin·an·i·mate·ness, in·an·i·ma·tion [in-an-uh-mey-shuhn] /ɪnˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inanimation

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

    Flint|Maud Wilder Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for inanimation


/ (ɪnˈænɪmɪt) /


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 Forms

inanimately, adverbinanimateness or inanimation (ɪnˌænɪˈmeɪʃən), noun
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Medicine definitions for inanimation


[ ĭn-ănə-mĭt ]


Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.

Related forms

in•ani•mate•ness n.
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