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[in-ak-shuh n] /ɪnˈæk ʃən/
absence of action; idleness.
Origin of inaction
1700-10; in-3 + action Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inaction
  • So far, the inaction has taken about fifteen minutes.
  • There were many, many identifiable villains who through their own action and inaction, helped create the crisis.
  • We can't let the fear of displacing the fossil fuel industry freeze us into inaction.
  • Much later he refused to accept the excuse for inaction offered by his blindness.
  • But when they go beyond the known facts, advising inaction, then they become personally responsible for those results.
  • We need to calling up our politicians and demanding to know the reason for their inaction.
  • And their continued inaction has cost them the right to complain.
  • We must not look here for plausible action, not even for plausible inaction or silent horror.
  • Sadly, that reflects official inaction rather than accomplishment.
  • It is tempting to dismiss this trite formulation as a meaningless excuse for inaction.
British Dictionary definitions for inaction


lack of action; idleness; inertia
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Word Origin and History for inaction

1707, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + action.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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