American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Lack or absence of action.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of action; abstention from labor; idleness; rest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Lack of action or activity; forbearance from labor; idleness; rest; inertness.
- n. the state of being inactive
“That my inaction is an excuse made valid by a diagnosis.”
“That we, as a nation, could condone these actions through our inaction is appalling and attrocious.”
“BOUDREAU: Fuld told Congress that the failure of Lehman Brothers centered around what he called inaction on the part of the government, and a loss of confidence in the financial markets.”
“Local authorities say much of the activity is linked to the Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee, a self-proclaimed anarchist group that released a statement Wednesday saying it was motivated by a range of issues, from the cost of the Iraq war to what it called inaction on global warming.”
“O'BRIEN: "The Washington Post" reported over the weekend that U.S. officials in Washington are alarmed by what they call the inaction of the Iraqi Governing Council.”
“A number of MPs criticised what they termed inaction on the part of the New National Party-Democratic Party provincial coalition government.”
“Udupi: The Janapara Vedike on Saturday demanded a thorough probe into what they described as inaction by various authorities over the 19 murders allegedly committed by Kanyana Mohan Kumar, who was arrested in Mangalore on October 21.”
“The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) lashed out earlier this year at the government for what it called inaction over the airport's development, since halting its takeover by the TwoOne consortium - made up of Vienna airport, Slovak private equity firm Penta and Austria's Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG back in 2006.”
“The interval was, consequently, spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling, when he had leisure for reflection; and at length it took so fast hold of his mind, that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.”
“The interval was consequently spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling, when he had leisure for reflection; and at length it took so fast hold of his mind, that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.”
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