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[in-ak-shuh n] /ɪnˈæk ʃən/
absence of action; idleness.
Origin of inaction
1700-10; in-3 + action Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even this did not arouse McClellan, and two more weeks of inaction passed before he again set his vast army in motion.

    On the Trail of Grant and Lee Frederick Trevor Hill
  • Now every minute's inaction increased this spirit of restlessness.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • For a moment there was silence, inaction; then of a sudden the old man stiffened.

    Where the Trail Divides Will Lillibridge
  • After three months of inaction give light, warmth and moisture.

  • For Chuang Tzŭ spent his life in preaching the great creed of inaction, and in pointing out the uselessness of all useful things.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for inaction


lack of action; idleness; inertia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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