inaction

[in-ak-shuhn]
noun
absence of action; idleness.

Origin:
1700–10; in-3 + action

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inaction (ɪnˈækʃən)
 
n
lack of action; idleness; inertia

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Example sentences
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.
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