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inanimate

[in-an-uh-mit] /ɪnˈæn ə mɪt/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin inanimātus. See in-3, animate
Related forms
inanimately, adverb
inanimateness, inanimation
[in-an-uh-mey-shuh n] /ɪnˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. inorganic, vegetable, mineral; inert, dead. 2. inactive, dormant, torpid.
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British Dictionary definitions for inanimation

inanimate

/ɪnˈænɪmɪt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
inanimately, adverb
inanimateness, inanimation (ɪnˌænɪˈmeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for inanimation

inanimate

adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin inanimatus "lifeless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + animatus (see animation). The same word in 17c. also was a verb meaning "to infuse with life," from the other in- (see in- (2)).

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inanimation in Medicine

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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