inanimate

[in-an-uh-mit]
adjective
1.
not animate; lifeless.
2.
spiritless; sluggish; dull.
3.
Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting objects, concepts, and beings regarded as lacking perception and volition (opposed to animate ).

Origin:
1555–65; < Late Latin inanimātus. See in-3, animate

inanimately, adverb
inanimateness, inanimation [in-an-uh-mey-shuhn] , noun


1. inorganic, vegetable, mineral; inert, dead. 2. inactive, dormant, torpid.
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inanimate (ɪnˈænɪmɪt)
 
adj
1.  lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animate: inanimate objects
2.  lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead
3.  lacking vitality; spiritless; dull
 
in'animately
 
adv
 
in'animateness
 
n
 
inanimation
 
n

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inanimate in·an·i·mate (ĭn-ān'ə-mĭt)
adj.
Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.


in·an'i·mate·ness n.
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Example sentences
When you learn to program a computer, you acquire a superpower: the ability to
  make an inanimate object follow your command.
Both alike therefore cause pain in animate substances, and tear asunder and
  consume the parts in such as are inanimate.
Children are comfortable with the idea that inanimate objects can both think
  and have a personality.
It inhabits both humans and animals and can survive in water and on inanimate
  objects.
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