inanimate

Inanimate describes a non-living thing. Chairs, baseballs, sofa cushions and sadly, snowmen, are all inanimate objects.

We can break inanimate down into two Latin roots: in, which means “not,” and animatus, which translates to “alive.” So inanimate means simply, "not alive." That include things that are recently dead, things that were never alive to begin with, and things that simply look dead: A bear in hibernation may appear inanimate due to its decreased heart rate, but don’t be fooled — it’s very much alive.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: inanimate

1
adj
not endowed with life
2
adj
belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: inanimate
1

adj not endowed with life

“the inorganic world is inanimate
inanimate objects”
Synonyms:
non-living, nonliving
nonconscious
relating to the lack of consciousness of inanimate things
Antonyms:
animate
endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life

adj appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

“an inanimate body”
Synonyms:
breathless, pulseless
dead
no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
2

adj belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

“the word `car' is inanimate
Antonyms:
animate
belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings
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