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
  1. noun
    the state of being inactive
    synonyms: inaction, inactiveness
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    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    no longer active; extinguished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
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. noun
    being inactive; being less active
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    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
  3. noun
    a disposition to remain inactive or inert
    synonyms: inactiveness, inertia
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    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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