Definition of Inanimate

1. Adjective. Belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things. "The word `car' is inanimate"

Category relationships: Linguistics
Antonyms: Animate

2. Adjective. Not endowed with life. "Inanimate objects"
Exact synonyms: Non-living, Nonliving
Attributes: Aliveness, Animateness, Liveness
Similar to: Nonconscious
Antonyms: Animate
Derivative terms: Inanimateness

3. Adjective. Appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse. "Pulseless and dead"
Exact synonyms: Breathless, Pulseless
Similar to: Dead
Derivative terms: Breathlessness, Inanimateness

Definition of Inanimate

1. v. t. To animate.

2. a. Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull; as, stones and earth are inanimate substances.

Definition of Inanimate

1. Adjective. Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as ''an inanimate object''. ¹

2. Adjective. Not being, and never having been alive. ¹

3. Adjective. (grammar) Not animate. ¹

4. Noun. Something that is not alive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inanimate

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Inanimate

1. Not alive. Origin: L. In-neg. + anima, breath, soul (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inanimate

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inamoured
inamovable
inamrinone
inamyloid
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inanimate (current term)
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Literary usage of Inanimate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Autology: An Inductive System of Mental Science; Whose Centre is the Will by David Henry Hamilton (1873)
"The facts which are found in inanimate nature, and held by it in common with ... By inanimate nature is meant Force, not dead matter, for there is no euch ..."

2. The Works of Francis Bacon: Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord by Francis Bacon (1824)
"Secondly, plants do nourish ; inanimate bodies do not: they have an accretion, ... Thirdly, plants have a period of life, which inanimate bodies ..."

3. Native Writings in Massachusett by Ives Goddard, Kathleen Joan Bragdon (1988)
"TI themes are Inflected with n-endings marking the central participant to indicate action on an objective inanimate object; the number of the object Is ..."

4. The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England by Francis Bacon, Basil Montagu (1826)
"THE differences between animate and inanimate bodies, we shall handle fully under the title of life, and living spirits, and powers. ..."

5. The Foundations of Legal Liability: A Presentation of the Theory and by Thomas Atkins Street (1906)
"0"' of liability in still a fourth class of cases, namely, that wherein harm is wrought by inanimate agents not dangerous per se, like wild beasts and ..."

6. An Epitome of the Synthetic Philosophy by Herbert Spencer, Frederick Howard Collins (1889)
"THE IDEAS OF THE ANIMATE AND THE inanimate. 60. To understand the nature of the ... This ability to class apart the animate and inanimate, is inevitably ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law of Personal Property by James Schouler (1918)
"Things Movable Are Animate or inanimate. Things movable may be further separated into things animate, and things inanimate; that is, into such things, ..."

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