Definition of inaction in English:

inaction

noun

  • [mass noun] Lack of action where some is expected or appropriate.

    ‘future generations will condemn us for inaction’
    • ‘On this issue, the consequences of inaction could be catastrophic.’
    • ‘After a long period of inaction, they are looking forward to loads of fun.’
    • ‘The Government, with one eye on the ballot box, is paralysed into inaction.’
    • ‘That the police failed to interview him was more to do with their own inaction than clearing him of alleged guilt.’
    • ‘Was this inaction simply the result of key people disregarding, or being ignorant of, the evidence?’
    • ‘They say the Council's inaction has allowed a worsening of conditions at the spot.’
    • ‘I sincerely believe it is more of an excuse for inaction than a valid justification.’
    • ‘They wanted to know the reason for the Government's inaction against the land-grabbers.’
    • ‘The inaction of our parliament condemns another generation to ill health and addiction.’
    • ‘The other route would see the fruits of eight years of growth wither on the vine through inaction and lack of imagination.’
    • ‘But more importantly, this sounds like he is trying to explain away his inaction.’
    • ‘And what about the actions or inaction of some of those higher up who didn't do what they should have?’
    • ‘Indecision and inaction can lead to bigger problems in business so avoid procrastination and delay.’
    • ‘This issue is simply too important to give in to gridlock and to accept inaction.’
    • ‘I don't think dialogue is always constructive; it can be an excuse for inaction.’
    • ‘But the Council was split on what to do and who was to blame for a decade of inaction.’
    • ‘People have a right not to vote, however, messages are sent through inaction.’
    • ‘There's so much that I need to be doing to get myself settled - and I am frozen into inaction.’
    • ‘The consequences of inaction for our nation and the world are too shocking to consider.’
    • ‘Accepting that unfortunate fact is by no means an argument for inaction.’
    inactivity, passivity, non-intervention
    neglect, negligence, disregard, apathy
    inertia, indolence, laziness, idleness, sloth, slothfulness, sluggishness, lethargy, torpor
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Pronunciation:

inaction

/ɪnˈakʃ(ə)n/