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.

Definitions of inanimate
  1. adjective
    not endowed with life
    “the inorganic world is inanimate
    inanimate objects”
    synonyms: non-living, nonliving
    relating to the lack of consciousness of inanimate things
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    endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life
  2. adjective
    appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
    “an inanimate body”
    synonyms: breathless, pulseless
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
  3. adjective
    belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things
    “the word `car' is inanimate
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    belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings
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