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Active vs. Inactive

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  • Active (adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting;—opposed to passive, that receives.

    "certain active principles"

    "the active powers of the mind"

    "acting"

    "passive"

  • Active (adjective)

    Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.

    "an active child or animal"

    "agile|nimble"

    "passive|indolent|still"

  • Active (adjective)

    In action; actually proceeding; working; in force

    "active laws"

    "active hostilities"

    "in action|working|in force"

    "quiescent|dormant|extinct"

  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy

    "an active man of business"

    "active mind"

    "active zeal"

    "busy|deedful|diligent|energetic"

  • Active (adjective)

    Requiring or implying action or exertion

    "active employment or service"

    "active scenes"

    "operative"

    "passive|tranquil|sedentary"

  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative

    "an active rather than a speculative statesman"

    "theoretical|speculative"

  • Active (adjective)

    Brisk; lively.

    "an active demand for corn"

  • Active (adjective)

    Implying or producing rapid action.

    "an active disease"

    "an active remedy"

  • Active (adjective)

    About verbs.

  • Active (adjective)

    Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant

  • Active (adjective)

    Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.

  • Active (adjective)

    Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

  • Active (adjective)

    Capable of being processed by a compiler or interpreter.

  • Active (adjective)

    enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.

    "top"

    "passive|bottom"

  • Active (noun)

    A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Not active, temporarily or permanently.

    "The volcano is inactive, but is only dormant."

    "An inactive boy, he rarely exercised and preferred to stay indoors."

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Not functioning or operating; broken down

    "The photocopier is inactive pending repair."

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Retired from duty or service.

    "Admiral Jones is now on the inactive list."

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Relatively inert.

    "Aluminium is inactive towards water."

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Showing no optical activity in polarized light.

    "Synthetic glycine is optically inactive as it contains equal amounts of the d- and l- form."

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  • Active (adjective)

    engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits

    "although he was seventy he was still robust and active"

  • Active (adjective)

    moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently

    "I couldn't feel the baby moving, and it was normally very active"

  • Active (adjective)

    characterized by busy or lively activity

    "they enjoyed an active social life"

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a person's mind or imagination) alert and lively

    "Caroline nodded slowly, her active mind already racing ahead"

  • Active (adjective)

    pursuing an occupation or activity at a particular place or in a particular way

    "sexually active teenagers"

    "a politically active student body"

    "tigers are active mainly at night"

    "the artist was active in the 1920s"

  • Active (adjective)

    participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity in a positive or spontaneous rather than a passive way

    "she was an active member of the society"

    "he enjoyed the active support of the government"

    "he had never been very active in the affairs of the institute"

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a thing) working; operative

    "the old watermill was active until 1960"

  • Active (adjective)

    (of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback

    "the receiver is continuously active whenever the vehicle ignition is switched on"

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a volcano) that is erupting or has erupted in historical times

    "the volcano became active on 28 March last year"

    "Etna is Europe's highest and most active volcano"

  • Active (adjective)

    (of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent

    "active colitis"

  • Active (adjective)

    having a chemical or biological effect on something

    "active ingredients"

  • Active (adjective)

    denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to the passive form he was loved).

  • Active (noun)

    an active form of a verb.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not engaging in or involving any or much physical activity

    "an inactive lifestyle"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not working; inoperative

    "the device remains inactive while the computer is started up"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not engaging in political or other activity

    "an inactive Russian spy"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    having no chemical or biological effect

    "the inactive X chromosome"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    (of a disease) not exhibiting symptoms

    "inactive Crohn's disease"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Active (adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; - opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.

  • Active (adjective)

    Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

  • Active (adjective)

    In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.

  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; - opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.

  • Active (adjective)

    Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

  • Active (adjective)

    Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

  • Active (adjective)

    Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

  • Active (adjective)

    Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.

  • Active (adjective)

    Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Not exhibiting any action or activity on polarized light; optically inactive; optically neutral; - said of isomeric forms of certain substances, in distinction from other forms which are optically active; as, racemic acid is an inactive tartaric acid.

  • Inactive (adjective)

    Lacking biological or biochemical activity; not causing a specific biological or biochemical effect; - said of substances such as enzymes which have lost their catalytic power, or of small molecules which are tested for some type of biological activity and found to lack that activity; as, after boiling for ten minutes, the enzyme was totally inactive; the methyl analog was inactive as an antibiotic.

Webster Dictionary
  • Active (noun)

    chemical agent capable of activity

  • Active (noun)

    the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb;

    "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"

  • Active (noun)

    a person devoted to the active life

  • Active (adjective)

    tending to become more severe or wider in scope;

    "active tuberculosis"

  • Active (adjective)

    engaged in or ready for military or naval operations;

    "on active duty"

    "the platoon is combat-ready"

    "review the fighting forces"

  • Active (adjective)

    disposed to take action or effectuate change;

    "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"

    "an active antagonism"

    "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"

  • Active (adjective)

    taking part in an activity;

    "an active member of the club"

    "he was politically active"

    "the participating organizations"

  • Active (adjective)

    characterized by energetic activity;

    "an active toddler"

    "active as a gazelle"

    "an active man is a man of action"

  • Active (adjective)

    exerting influence or producing an effect;

    "an active ingredient"

  • Active (adjective)

    full of activity or engaged in continuous activity;

    "an active seaport"

    "an active bond market"

    "an active account"

  • Active (adjective)

    in operation;

    "keep hope alive"

    "the tradition was still alive"

    "an active tradition"

  • Active (adjective)

    of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions

  • Active (adjective)

    expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:

    "Hemingway favors active constructions"

  • Active (adjective)

    expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')

  • Active (adjective)

    (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt;

    "active volcanos"

    "an extinct volcano"

  • Active (adjective)

    producing activity or change

  • Active (adjective)

    engaged in full-time work;

    "active duty"

    "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

  • Active (adjective)

    being in physical motion;

    "active fish in the aquarium"

  • Active (adjective)

    characterized by energetic bodily activity;

    "tennis is an active sport"

    "a very physical dance performance"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not participating in a chemical reaction;

    "desired amounts of inactive chlorine"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not active or exerting influence

  • Inactive (adjective)

    of e.g. volcanos; permanently inactive;

    "an extinct volcano"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive;

    "a dormant volcano"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    lacking in energy or will;

    "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    lacking activity; lying idle or unused;

    "an inactive mine"

    "inactive accounts"

    "inactive machinery"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not engaged in full-time work;

    "inactive reserve"

    "an inactive member of the department"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not active physically or mentally;

    "illness forced him to live an inactive life"

    "dreamy and inactive by nature"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not engaged in military action

  • Inactive (adjective)

    not in physical motion;

    "the inertia of an object at rest"

  • Inactive (adjective)

    temporarily inactive

Princeton's WordNet

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