inactivity

noun
ADJECTIVE
relative

Her most brilliant work was done during several months of relative inactivity.

physical
economic, political (both esp. BrE)
enforced (esp. BrE), forced (esp. AmE)

It was good to be home again after the enforced/forced inactivity of the hospital bed.

PHRASES
a period of inactivity

The job entailed long periods of inactivity.


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  • Inactivity — In ac*tiv i*ty, n. [Cf. F. inactivit[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. The state or quality of being inactive; inertness; as, the inactivity of matter. [1913 Webster] 2. Idleness; habitual indisposition to action or exertion; lack of energy; sluggishness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inactivity — UK US /ˌɪnækˈtɪvəti/ noun [U] ► the situation when not much is happening, for example when not much buying or selling is taking place: »a long period of inactivity »inactivity in the financial markets …   Financial and business terms

  • inactivity — (n.) 1640s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + ACTIVITY (Cf. activity). Phrase masterly inactivity attested by 1791 …   Etymology dictionary

  • inactivity — index abeyance, cessation (interlude), desuetude, halt, inertia, insentience, languor, leave ( …   Law dictionary

  • Inactivity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Inactivity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 inactivity inactivity Sgm: N 1 inaction inaction &c. 681 Sgm: N 1 inertness inertness &c. 172 Sgm: N 1 obstinacy obstinacy &c. 606 GRP: N 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • inactivity — in|ac|tiv|i|ty [ˌınækˈtıvıti] n [U] the state of not doing anything, not moving, or not working ▪ Don t suddenly take up violent exercise after years of inactivity. ▪ The time spent between jobs should not be a period of inactivity …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inactivity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of action Nouns 1. inactivity; inaction; inertness; lull, cessation (see repose); idleness, sloth, laziness, indolence, vegetation; unemployment, dilatoriness, dawdling; malingering; passiveness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • inactivity — inactive ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not active, working, or energetic. DERIVATIVES inactivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inactivity — noun see inactive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inactivity — See inactively. * * * …   Universalium

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