- not animate; lifeless.
- spiritless; sluggish; dull.
- 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).
- lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animateinanimate objects
- lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead
- lacking vitality; spiritless; dull
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)).
- Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not animate.