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in·ac·tion

(in-ak'shŭn),
Inactivity, rest, or lack of response to a stimulus.

inaction

(ĭn-ăk′shŭn) [L. in-, not, + actio, act]
Failure of or decreased response to a stimulus.
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Invigorated by the new hope, Mercy rose excitedly, weary of inaction in the empty room.
We were waiting for him to do something, to show his hand, so to say, and his inaction puzzled and worried us.
"At the same time, if I were a superstitious person I should consider this inaction ominous."
But this sudden outbreaking of temper as quickly subsided in the still and sullen restraint they most affected in their moments of inaction.
And that personage who appears there with a crown on his head and a sceptre in his hand is the Emperor Charlemagne, the supposed father of Melisendra, who, angered to see his son-in-law's inaction and unconcern, comes in to chide him; and observe with what vehemence and energy he chides him, so that you would fancy he was going to give him half a dozen raps with his sceptre; and indeed there are authors who say he did give them, and sound ones too; and after having said a great deal to him about imperilling his honour by not effecting the release of his wife, he said, so the tale runs,
It is often, by the impracticability of obtaining the concurrence of the necessary number of votes, kept in a state of inaction. Its situation must always savor of weakness, sometimes border upon anarchy.
"But, sir, he has fled; let him escape -- inaction is a pardonable offence."
THE CABINET has ended the appointment of Cyprus' honorary consul in Bonn, Germany, after a series of actions and inactions "compromised" his position as representative of the country.
The biggest single variable affecting the outcome of the battle was people and their actions or inactions. This is equally true in our acquisition environment today.
"To commemorate something without even knowing and acknowledging its history and how the actions and inactions of individuals and institutions and governments caused and shaped that history is a harsh and tragic joke."
Each American, in spite of benign or malignant ignorance, participates in this policy by his or her every day actions or inactions.