inaction inaction  /ɪ ˈnæk ʃən/


  • (n) the state of being inactive



  1. Again, inaction is not an option.
  2. The risks of inaction or unwise action are rising, even as many of the professionals on whom we would like to rely for guidance are proving untrustworthy and even corrupt.
  3. Again, inaction is not an option.


  1. Residents rally for change in gun control

    It has been six months since the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre that left 28 dead. To mark the time that has passed, gun control advocates Friday protested Congress’ inaction on the issue.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley

  2. Special session: 30 days, 0 new laws, $77,000 in costs

    The Legislature, deadlocked over the state budget, tied a record for inaction during this year’s first special session. As many lawmakers claim their per diem pay, lack of a budget deal is about to trigger layoff notices for state workers.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  3. WSU postpones academic expansion in Everett

    Washington State University has decided to put off plans to expand its course offerings in Everett until fall 2014 because of legislative inaction, the university announced this week. In a letter to the ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News


  1. Mr Obama said: "I know there has been much discussion about what reform would cost, and rightly so. But let there be no doubt - the cost of inaction is greater. If we fail to act, premiums will climb higher, benefits will erode further, and the...
    on Jun 16, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Health Service Journal

  2. Doing nothing, though, "plays Russian roulette with the entire economy of the United States," Dodd said. "Inaction is no solution."
    on Dec 4, 2008 By: Chris Dodd Source: Herald Zeitung

  3. "Our government has the power to choose which path these children are going to take," Jolie told reporters at the National Press Club. "We know the consequences of our inaction."
    on Apr 26, 2007 By: Angelina Jolie Source: Washington Post

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