Inactive meaning

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The definition of inactive is a person or thing that isn't working or moving.

An example of inactive is a car that won't start.

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Not active or tending to be active.

Inactive students at risk for gaining weight.

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Retired from duty or service.

Inactive military personnel.

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Not readily participating in chemical reactions; inert.
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Marked by the absence or lessening of disease activity.
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Showing no optical activity in polarized light.
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Not functioning or operating; out of use.

Inactive machinery.

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Not being in continuous use or operation.

An inactive brokerage account.

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Not active or moving.
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Not inclined to act; idle; dull; sluggish.
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Not in use or force; not functioning.
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Not in active service in the armed forces.
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Not affecting the plane of polarized light: said of some isomers of certain optically active crystalline substances.
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Chemically inert.
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Not active or tending to be active.

Inactive students at risk for gaining weight.

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Not readily participating in chemical reactions; inert.
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Marked by the absence or lessening of disease activity.
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The volcano is inactive, but is only dormant.

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Not functioning or operating; broken down.

The photocopier is inactive pending repair.

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Admiral Jones is now on the inactive list.

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(chemistry) Relatively inert.

Aluminium is inactive towards water.

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(physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light.

Synthetic glycine is optically inactive as it contains equal amounts of the d- and l- form.

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Origin of inactive

From French inactif. See also earlier unactive.