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inaction Syllabification: in·ac·tion
Pronunciation: /inˈakSH(ə)n/

Definition of inaction in English:


Lack of action where some is expected or appropriate: future generations will condemn us for inaction
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  • The other route would see the fruits of eight years of growth wither on the vine through inaction and lack of imagination.
  • The inaction of our parliament condemns another generation to ill health and addiction.
  • Was this inaction simply the result of key people disregarding, or being ignorant of, the evidence?
inactivity, nonintervention;
neglect, negligence, apathy, inertia, indolence, sluggishness, lethargy, idleness

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