inanimate
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin inanimatus, from Latin in- + animatus, past participle of animare to animate Date: 15th century 1. not animate: a. not endowed with life or spirit <
an inanimate object
>
b. lacking consciousness or power of motion <
an inanimate body
>
2. not animated or lively ; dullinanimately adverbinanimateness noun

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  • Inanimate — In*an i*mate, a. [L. inanimatus; pref. in not + animatus animate.] Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull; as, stones and earth are inanimate substances. [1913 Webster] Grieving, if aught inanimate e er grieves.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inanimate — In*an i*mate, v. t. [Pref. in in (or intensively) + animate.] To animate. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inanimate — index inactive, insensible, lifeless (dead), torpid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • inanimate — (adj.) early 15c., from L.L. inanimatus lifeless, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + animatus (see ANIMATION (Cf. animation)). The same word in 17c. also was a verb meaning to infuse with life, from the other in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inanimate — lifeless, *dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late Analogous words: inert, inactive Antonyms: animate Contrasted words: *living, alive …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inanimate — [adj] not alive, not organic azoic, cold, dead, defunct, dull, exanimate, extinct, idle, inactive, inert, inoperative, insensate, insentient, lifeless, mineral, motionless, nonanimal, nonvegetable, quiescent, soulless, spiritless; concept 539 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • inanimate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not alive, especially not in the manner of animals and humans. 2) showing no sign of life; lifeless …   English terms dictionary

  • inanimate — [in an′ə mit] adj. [LL inanimatus] 1. not animate; not endowed with (animal) life 2. not animated; dull; spiritless SYN. DEAD inanimately adv. inanimateness n. inanimation …   English World dictionary

  • inanimate — [[t]ɪnæ̱nɪmət[/t]] ADJ An inanimate object is one that has no life. He thinks that inanimate objects have a life of their own. Ant: animate …   English dictionary

  • inanimate — 1. adjective /ɪnˈænɪmət/ a) Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object. b) Not being, and never having been alive. Ant: animate 2. noun /ɪnˈænɪmət/ …   Wiktionary

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