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- adj. Not active; inactive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inactive; listless.
- transitive v. To render inactive or listless.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not active; inactive.
- Inoperative; not producing effects; having no efficacy.
- Marked by inaction; not utilized.
- To render inactive or incapable; incapacitate.
In Paradise Regained, Jesus, who has hitherto lived "private, unactive, calm, contemplative," emerges to be tested by temptation and so made ready for the "great work ... before him set."
Till then, the idea in the mind of whatever is good is there only, like other ideas, the object of bare unactive speculation; but operates not on the will, nor sets us on work; the reason whereof I shall show by and by.
Where birth is respected, unactive, spiritless minds remain in haughty indolence, and dream of nothing but pedigrees and genealogies: the generous and ambitious seek honour and authority, and reputation and favour.
What association of ideas would ever operate, were that principle here totally unactive. 15
I.i.97 MENENIUS I'th'midst o'th'body, idle and unactive
I begin to suspect We shall have an unactive Campaign -- that
Mirth, our Spirits wou'd grow by degrees so frothy and light, that we shou'd not easily bring them to settle again on any thing that was worthy our care: Without something now and then to raise them a little, they wou'd be dull and unactive, but _all_ Relaxation wou'd make them too airy, and of no sort of Use.
Travellers such as Evelyn, who deplored the English gentry's "solitary and unactive lives in the country," the "haughty and boorish Englishman," and the
Wou'd such unthinking unactive Mortals, subscribe to Societies, or lighten their Purses to establish Premiums, who tho 'they cou'd make themselves and their
Let it be silent and do nothing, forget it self, and plung into that obscure Faith: How secure and safe would it be, though it might seem to it that thus unactive and doing nothing it were undone.