Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack or absence of action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Want of action or activity; forbearance from labor; idleness; rest; inertness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of action or activity; forbearance from labor; idleness; rest; inertness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of action; abstention from labor; idleness; rest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being inactive

Etymologies

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Examples

  • That my inaction is an excuse made valid by a diagnosis.

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  • That we, as a nation, could condone these actions through our inaction is appalling and attrocious.

    Think Progress » A list of ‘reliably documented’ techniques

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2008

  • 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.

    Republican Convention

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2003

  • A number of MPs criticised what they termed inaction on the part of the New National Party-Democratic Party provincial coalition government.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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 Hindu - Front Page

  • 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.

    Slovak Spectator

  • 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.

    Chapter 1

  • 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.

    Chapter 1

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  • "... I dont judge people by their fathers actions - or inactions..."
    - Prison Break

    March 29, 2009