Definition of animacy in English:

animacy

noun

  • 1The quality or condition of being alive or animate; animate existence; an instance of this.

  • 2Grammar
    Grammar. The fact or quality of denoting a living thing; classification or ranking of words or their referents on this basis.

Origin

Late 19th century. From animate: see -acy. Compare animation.

Pronunciation

animacy

/ˈanɪməsi/