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in·an·i·mate

inanimate

 
 
pronunciation:
In ae n miht
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not having or showing the characteristics associated with life; lifeless.
She claims she has no skill at painting people or animals and prefers to paint inanimate objects.
antonyms:
alive, animate, live, living
similar words:
inert, lifeless
definition 2: lacking in energy or spirit; dull.
antonyms:
live
similar words:
inert, lethargic, lifeless
Word Combinations  About this feature
(adj.)inanimate + adverb rather
(adj.)inanimate + noun abstraction, being, body, character, element, entity, environment, figure, human, instrument, item, material, matter, metal, nature, non-human, object, stone, structure, thing
derivations: inanimately (adv.), inanimateness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word inanimate contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
anim Latin root that means mind, spirit, life