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inactive

1. Chem (of a substance) having little or no reactivity
2. (of an element, isotope, etc.) having little or no radioactivity
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Caution deserted me, and I made noise enough to wake the very mute; lost to every consideration but that of the terrifying day before me, the day of silence and of inactivity, that I must live through with an unsuspecting face, a cool head, a civil tongue!
And Levin rode through the slush of the farmyard to the gate and out into the open country, his good little horse, after his long inactivity, stepping out gallantly, snorting over the pools, and asking, as it were, for guidance.
The music also of the challengers breathed from time to time wild bursts expressive of triumph or defiance, while the clowns grudged a holiday which seemed to pass away in inactivity; and old knights and nobles lamented in whispers the decay of martial spirit, spoke of the triumphs of their younger days, but agreed that the land did not now supply dames of such transcendent beauty as had animated the jousts of former times.
Even that would fade in the end into a contented inactivity. We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity, and, it seemed to me, that here was that hateful grindstone broken at last!
That the storm was over he was convinced, but he chafed at the inactivity the low visibility put upon him, nor did conditions better materially before night fell, so that he was forced to await the new day at the very spot at which the tempest had deposited him.
You cannot show me your friendship in a more convincing manner than to find employment for me--I shall die of inactivity in a short while.
They may hunt the whole country-side, while the raindrops are pattering round their inactivity. So the rabbits with their self-betraying tails, frisking in and out of holes at roots of trees, may be lively with ideas of the breezy days when their ears are blown about or of those seasons of interest when there are sweet young plants to gnaw.
He could not understand our inactivity. The men in the skiff rowed nearer the shore, but stood up again and scanned it, as if they thought we might be in hiding there.
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
COVENTRY'S inactivity epidemic is costing the city millions of pounds in sick days and medical treatments each year, a new report reveals.
PEOPLE in the region are more likely to suffer premature deaths in poor areas where there is a failure to tackle physical inactivity, a new report has revealed.
The report warned a "pandemic" of inactivity in poor areas of England was leading to premature deaths.