Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Lack or absence of action.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun 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

  • 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 19, 2008

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    - Prison Break

    March 29, 2009