inactive

UK [ɪnˈæktɪv] / US adjective
1)
a) not taking part in physical activity or exercise

Physically inactive people are at risk of developing heart disease.

b) not wanting to do anything

He felt strangely inactive.

2)
a) not working or operating

an inactive nuclear plant

b) an inactive disease or other threat is present but not doing anything at this time

a city built on a relatively inactive fault line

3) an inactive volcano is not dangerous because it can no longer erupt
4) science an inactive chemical substance does not react strongly with other substances

Derived word:
inactivity
UK [ˌɪnækˈtɪvətɪ] / US noun uncountable

The players have now had more than a month of inactivity.


English dictionary. 2014.

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