not active: as
(2) indolent, sluggish
(1) being out of use
(2) relating to or being members of the armed forces who are not performing or available for military duties
(3) of a disease quiescent
(1) chemically inert
(2) optically neutral in polarized light
d. biologically inert especially because of the loss of some quality (as infectivity or antigenicity)
• inactively adverb
• inactivity noun
inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work <on inactive status as an astronaut> <inactive accounts>. idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements <workers were idle in the fields>. inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity <inert ingredients in drugs> <an inert citizenry>. passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control <passive resistance>. supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence <a supine willingness to play the fool>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.