Inactive vs Inanimate - What's the difference?

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Inactive is a related term of inanimate.


As verbs the difference between inactive and inanimate

is that inactive is while inanimate is (obsolete) to animate .

As adjectives the difference between inactive and inanimate

is that inactive is inactivated while inanimate is lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object .

As a noun inanimate is

something that is not alive.

inactive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not active, temporarily or permanently
  • The volcano is inactive , but is only dormant.
  • Not functioning or operating; broken down
  • The photocopier is inactive pending repair.
  • Retired from duty or service
  • Admiral Jones is now on the inactive list.
  • (chemistry) Relatively inert
  • Aluminium is inactive towards water.
  • (physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light
  • Synthetic glycine is optically inactive as it contains equal amounts of the d- and l- form.

    Derived terms

    * inactively * inactivity

    Synonyms

    * (not active) dull, dormant * (not functioning or operating) idle

    Antonyms

    * (not active) active

    inanimate

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object .
  • Not being, and never having been alive.
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  • (grammar) Not animate.
  • Antonyms

    * (grammar) animate

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something that is not alive.
  • Verb

    (inanimat)
  • (obsolete) To animate.
  • (John Donne)
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