When you're lying around being lazy, you're in a state of inactivity — you're not doing anything. Some animals, like cats, typically have hours of inactivity every day.

Your inactivity might be a symptom of boredom or exhaustion, since it's characterized by slowness, sluggishness, and a general lack of energy and motion. Inactivity in the middle of the night is perfectly normal, but your daytime inactivity will make it difficult to get anything done. The noun inactivity adds the prefix in-, "not" or "opposite of" to activity, which comes from a Latin root, actus, "a doing, a driving, or an impulse."

Definitions of inactivity

n the state of being inactive

inaction, inactiveness
action, activeness, activity
the state of being active
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abeyance, suspension
temporary cessation or suspension
inactivity and lack of energy
arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
the state of inactivity following an interruption
an inflexible and unchanging state
deep freeze
temporary inactivity or suspension
a state of inactivity or disuse
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency
a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
no longer active; extinguished
holding pattern
a state of inaction with no progress and no change
a state of inaction
doldrums, stagnancy, stagnation
a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)
stagnancy, stagnation
inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces
cold storage
in a state of abeyance or postponement
deferral, recess
a state of abeyance or suspended business
suspension of an ongoing activity
stand-down, standdown
a suspension and relaxation from an alert state or a state of readiness
cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
aestivation, estivation
(zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
a dormant or quiescent state
a check that restrains another check
any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
Type of:
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n being inactive; being less active

any specific behavior
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temporary inactivity
wait, waiting
the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
ease, relaxation, repose, rest
freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
idleness, idling, loafing
having no employment
delay, holdup
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
break, disruption, gap, interruption
an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
break, recess, respite, time out
a pause from doing something (as work)
falter, faltering, hesitation, waver
the act of pausing uncertainly
the act of suspending activity temporarily
freeze, halt
an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
bed rest, bedrest
confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)
relaxed and easy activity
a long stay in bed in the morning
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
quiet and inactive restfulness
freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
dolce far niente
carefree idleness
detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting
deferment, deferral, postponement
act of putting off to a future time
cunctation, procrastination, shillyshally
the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
lag, retardation, slowdown
the act of slowing down or falling behind
dalliance, dawdling, trifling
the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
(law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
lingering, tarriance
the act of tarrying
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act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n a disposition to remain inactive or inert

inactiveness, inertia
activeness, activity
the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically
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flatness, languor, lethargy, phlegm, sluggishness
inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
the attribute of being restful
passiveness, passivity
the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
indolence, laziness
inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessness
the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
listlessness, torpidity, torpidness, torpor
inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
faineance, idleness
the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition
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a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

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