inactive

inactive in‧ac‧tive [ɪnˈæktɪv] adjective
1. FINANCE if investors or dealers in a financial market are inactive, they are buying and selling very little:

• Institutions continued to buy stocks selectively, while small investors remained inactive.

2. FINANCE if a company's shares are inactive, very few people are buying or selling them:

• The Pacific Stock Exchange announced a plan to list a category of inactive stocks.

3. COMMERCE if a company is inactive, it still exists but does not do any business:

• a now inactive subsidiary of A.O. Smith Corp.

4. BANKING if a loan is inactive, interest payments are not being made on it as agreed:

• The bank itself ran up losses of $15 billion, with extensive outstanding but inactive loans.

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inactive UK US /ɪnˈæktɪv/ adjective
doing nothing or not doing what you have usually done: »

an inactive member of an advisory board

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Voters who have not participated in an election in three years are considered inactive.

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People are classed as economically inactive if they are not seeking work or not available to work.

STOCK MARKET not buying or selling very much: »

Many Tokyo investors were inactive ahead of Friday's special quotation.

not operating or being used: »

The company is inactive rather than insolvent.

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an inactive company/entity

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an inactive quarry/oil rig


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Inactive — In*ac tive, a. [Pref. in not + active: cf. F. inactif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive. [1913 Webster] 2. Not disposed to action or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inactive — inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. Inactive is applicable to anyone or to anything that for any reason is not currently in action, in operation, in use, or at work {inactive machines} {delicate children… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inactive — I adjective abeyant, abolished, abrogated, apathetic, canceled, comatose, destroyed, disabled, dormant, idle, ignavus, inanimate, indifferent, indolent, iners, inert, inoperative, insentient, invalid, languid, latent, lazy, lethargic, lethargical …   Law dictionary

  • inactive — (adj.) 1725, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + ACTIVE (Cf. active) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inactive — [adj] not engaged in action; inert, lazy abeyant, asleep, blah*, disengaged, do nothing*, dormant, down, draggy, dull, idle, immobile, indolent, in holding pattern*, inoperative, jobless, latent, lax, lethargic, limp, low key, mothballed*,… …   New thesaurus

  • inactive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not active, working, or energetic. DERIVATIVES inactivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inactive — [in ak′tiv] adj. 1. not active or moving 2. not inclined to act; idle; dull; sluggish 3. not in use or force; not functioning 4. not in active service in the armed forces 5. not affecting the plane of polarized light: said of some isomers of… …   English World dictionary

  • inactive — UK [ɪnˈæktɪv] / US adjective 1) a) not taking part in physical activity or exercise Physically inactive people are at risk of developing heart disease. b) not wanting to do anything He felt strangely inactive. 2) a) not working or operating an… …   English dictionary

  • inactive — ● inactif, inactive adjectif Qui n a pas d activité, n est marqué par aucune activité : Elle ne peut pas rester inactive. Une existence inactive et inutile. Qui est sans activité ou très peu actif, qui ne fonctionne pas, ne produit pas : Une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inactive — in|ac|tive [ ın æktıv ] adjective 1. ) not taking part in physical activity or exercise: Physically inactive people are at risk of developing heart disease. a ) not wanting to do anything: He felt strangely inactive. 2. ) not working or operating …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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