Definition of nonactive in US English:



  • 1Not participating or working.

    ‘nonactive trustees’
    • ‘Small environmental changes can produce conditions that are more suitable to a portion of the non-active bacterial population.’
    • ‘In the present study, sentences that were active were judged to be more important and were read more slowly than nonactive sentences.’
    • ‘The Unions did in fact negotiate improved pension benefits for both active and non-active members.’
    • ‘While a number of dioceses have adequate funding to provide for their non-active priests, the growing number of clergy who are in line for retirement means all dioceses could be facing a greater financial burden in the medium term.’
    • ‘Remember, these diseases can wax and wane with time, and if in a nonactive state, treatment may not be helpful, and only result in side effects.’
    • ‘They will be interviewed on-farm or, in the case of non-active members, by telephone.’
    • ‘Half were given the cream and the rest a non-active placebo.’
    • ‘Conflicts routinely erupt as a result of disagreements over how exactly to represent non-active shareholders on the board.’
    • ‘Existing dairy farmers face a situation where non-active dairy farmers, merely by taking their single farm payment, could end up better off than those actively farming.’
    • ‘The chair has to communicate the frustrations of the active trustees to the nonactive trustees in order to stimulate their participation in board activities.’
    • ‘As farmers get older and cease to milk cows the issue of non-active shareholders is emerging as a major issue.’
    • ‘Consumers, including non-active duty personnel, can take various actions to minimize the risks of identity theft.’
    • ‘A placebo is a non-active 'medication' that a patient believes to be a drug of some kind.’
    • ‘Agreements made by the Unions in the course of negotiations of pension benefits are binding on active and non-active members of the Plan.’
    • ‘Non-active family members, who were shareholders of the family firm, had indicated a preference for regular dividend payments.’
    • ‘Gang members active over the entire four-year period had mortality rates of 25 percent, while nonactive members had mortality rates below 2 percent.’
    • ‘Mr Lingham is a non-active director and adviser for Brunshaw Neighbourhood Estate Management Board Association.’
    inactive, non-active, non-participative, non-participating, uninvolved, dormant, quiescent, inert
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  • 2Not engaging in physically energetic pursuits.

    ‘a nonactive lifestyle can affect health’
    • ‘The exact amount varies for an active athlete to a non-active person, but you can safely say that we should drink almost a gallon a day.’
    • ‘Nutritionalists suggest that non-active people should drink about 3-4 pints of water a day, though few do.’
    • ‘If we know that Joe Bloggs regularly goes jogging for half an hour three times a week, we look on him as an active person expending much more daily energy than the average non-active person.’
    • ‘Female fitness instructors who exercised an average of 3.8 times per week had lower iron stores than non-active women.’
    • ‘They compared changes in exercise benefits and barriers in Mexican-American women who participated in a 9-month intervention to changes in non-active control groups of Mexican-American and Caucasian women.’
    • ‘Females classified as highly active were more likely to have used alcohol and to have binge drank compared to non-active individuals.’
    • ‘He recruited groups of non-athletic men aged 20 to 43, either to play football or go jogging three times a week, before comparing the results with a control group of similarly aged non-active men.’
    • ‘The Guides recommend that inactive children and youth increase time spent on physical activity, and reduce "nonactive" time spent on TV, video, computer games and the internet.’
    • ‘The increased social activities of summer may make non-active people feel more isolated - and at greater risk of hurting themselves.’