Definition of inactivity in US English:



  • 1The state of being inactive; idleness.

    ‘don't suddenly take up vigorous exercise after years of inactivity’
    • ‘Alongside rising employment and falling unemployment, economic inactivity has also been increasing.’
    • ‘Those who reported physical inactivity were invited to come to the research center to complete the questionnaire.’
    • ‘There is evidence that links physical inactivity with the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis in the United States.’
    • ‘Muscle fibre composition does not appear to change during short periods of inactivity.’
    • ‘Stiffness may occur following periods of inactivity.’
    • ‘Physical inactivity accounts for many of these deaths.’
    • ‘To talk about an epidemic of obesity is like talking about a plague of inactivity or a contagion of overeating.’
    • ‘Eating too much or inactivity is likely to have some influence.’
    • ‘The major causes are poor dietary habits and inactivity.’
    • ‘Increased levels of physical inactivity have been reported for Asian Indians.’
    • ‘For one thing the study of the solar system was revitalized after a long period of relative inactivity.’
    • ‘She did venture outside after several hours of forced inactivity.’
    • ‘What you want to do is avoid having your credit card canceled because of inactivity.’
    • ‘Platinum also finds applications in systems where chemical inactivity is an important property.’
    • ‘Unlike species in colder climates, tropical species experience a period of inactivity associated with the dry season.’
    • ‘Most fear that all they have gained through hard training will be lost during a period of inactivity.’
    • ‘But sleep can be thought of just as a period of inactivity.’
    • ‘Hip stiffness is common, particularly after inactivity, and can be a presenting feature.’
    • ‘There is no off switch and the unit simply shuts down after a couple of minutes of inactivity.’
    • ‘Several aspects of the observed inactivity strongly resembled the dormancy induced by the water loss.’
    idleness, indolence, laziness, lifelessness, slothfulness, shiftlessness, lethargy, inertia, slowness, sluggishness, stagnancy, doziness, listlessness
    inaction, passivity, non-intervention, laissez-faire
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    1. 1.1 Reluctance to take action; apathy.
      ‘people are frustrated with government inactivity’
      • ‘The idea of being refused had almost frozen John into inactivity.’
      • ‘Others say the seeming inactivity is no illusion.’
      • ‘The inactivity of the opposition movements currently in China is only a superficial phenomenon.’
      • ‘The evidence which was relied upon to establish the abuse of process may be the plaintiff's inactivity.’
      • ‘The inactivity last Saturday cost Avenue as they slipped to 21st in the table before the visit to fourth-placed Barrow.’
      • ‘As his ship had been part of the convoy he had angrily attacked Kirke and the army for their inactivity.’
      • ‘This seems to me to confuse inactivity with neutrality.’
      • ‘It was then a period of great inactivity in economic science.’
      • ‘Others say the inactivity has more to do with government concerns about potential political and military fallout.’
      • ‘Despite his inactivity, he has taken his full allowance.’
      • ‘To separate theory and practice too much leads to hypocrisy or inactivity.’
      • ‘When a person does not feel that his actions are significant, he either allows impulses to dominate his behavior or slouches into inactivity.’
      • ‘Respondents were particularly unhappy about Government inactivity.’
      • ‘It pulls us into a life of silence and inactivity, lying and hiding our true fears.’
      • ‘On this occasion, government and police cannot be accused of inactivity or complacency.’
      • ‘I have constituents who are about to lose their businesses because of the inactivity on this issue.’
      • ‘The only thing that seems to drive me crazy is inactivity.’
      • ‘But it is the inactivity of the US army, which is accused of standing by and watching the attacks, that has caused fury.’
      • ‘Six weeks of idle talk and inactivity cannot leave the least doubt as to the incapacity or ill-will of the Government.’
      • ‘The practice of Tao consists in subtracting day by day: subtracting and yet again subtracting until one has reached inactivity.’