• WordNet 3.6
    • n inactivity being inactive; being less active
    • n inactivity a disposition to remain inactive or inert "he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work"
    • n inactivity the state of being inactive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inactivity Idleness; habitual indisposition to action or exertion; lack of energy; sluggishness. "The gloomy inactivity of despair."
    • Inactivity The state or quality of being inactive; inertness; as, the inactivity of matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inactivity The condition or character of being inactive; want of action or exertion; indisposition to act or exert one's self; sluggishness.
    • n inactivity Synonyms See idle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inactivity idleness
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  • Winston Churchill
    “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”
  • Charles J. Givens
    Charles J. Givens
    “Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.”
  • Roberto Goizueta
    Roberto Goizueta
    “The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inactivité,


In literature:

The inaction had passed away, and he shouted to Hardock to stop.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
He did not long remain inactive.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Inactive, they were much together, discussing their respective worlds.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
C., 1.045-1.06; optically inactive; refractive index at 20 deg.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
But it was not her nature to remain in a state of inactive woe.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
His mental malady appeared to take the form of simple indifference and inactivity.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
Eight years of Comparative Inactivity at Tarsus.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
Inactivity produces softness, debility, and unfitness for the functions they are designed to perform.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Anyhow, at this critical moment the 3rd Scinde Horse and the 3rd Bombay Cavalry remained inactive.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
They were not destined to remain long in inactivity.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

Ye seas, in your eternal roar,
His sacred praise proclaim;
While the inactive sluggish shore
Re-echoes to the same.
"Hymn To God's Power" by James Thomson
What's friendship? The hangover's faction,
The gratis talk of outrage,
Exchange by vanity, inaction,
Or bitter shame of patronage.
"Friendship" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Behold yon streamlet gliding by,
Whose waves are onward moving;
That image to the mind should be,
A spur to inactivity,
Each sluggish soul reproving.
"On The Fading Enjoyments Of Time" by Elizabeth Bath
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.
"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes
Foremost of citizens and best of chiefs,
Within thy mind no weak inaction lay;
Leal to thy standards, firm in thy beliefs;
As quick to do, as others are to say.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Re "U. S. Criticizes Major Allies for Inaction in Slave Trade" (news article, July 13).
Washington, DC, has a reputation for doing nothing, and inaction is often the best-case scenario.
Jason Spitz is on the Packers' inactive list today, meaning the team will have Scott Wells starting at center today.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson are also inactive.
Global Warming Report Sternly Warns Against Inaction.
Others wonder whether the sun may be going through an extended period of inactivity.
The taxi squad, properly called the inactive list, consists of five extra players who can be added or subtracted to the active roster at will.
Election year is no excuse for inaction.
Climate Hawks and 'Reverse Tribalism ': How Our Policy Choices Are Fueling Climate Inaction.
UTC professor contributes to medical journal's series on perils of physical inactivity.
The bill becomes law as a result of her inaction.
Starting right guard Stephen Neal, reserve defensive lineman Ron Brace and reserve cornerback Terrence Wheatley are the remaining three players inactive for the Patriots today.
Authorities tested the substance and it was found to be inactive.
Bay Area home sales continued a steady string of yearly gains in October, with middle to high-end homes accounting for the increased inactivity, according to a report Wednesday.
SCOTT SUTTELL Washington inaction could endanger small banks' ability to lend.

In science:

The final two terms represent the contribution to inactive nodes due to the activity of the nodes in all the other classes.
Random walks and search in time-varying networks
The interaction between the three active cells at a given time, plus the residual polarization in the “inactive” cells, slows the coherent oscillations to the point where the bit packet is fully polarized over the period of the simulation, as long as there is no dissipation.
Consequences of Many-cell Correlations in Treating Clocked Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Circuits
If the PU’s queue is empty and, hence, the PU is inactive, secondary transmission is successful with probability P out,0s , whose expression as a function of the secondary link parameters, transmission time T , and the data packet size is provided in Appendix A.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
Sensing the PU to be active occurs with probability PFA if the PU is actually inactive, or with probability 1−PMD if the PU is actively transmitting.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
Both designs behaved identically except for the edge efficiency where the conservative design showed the expected 450 µ m inactive edge.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip