Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Inane adjective [ Latin inanis .] Without contents; empty; void of sense or intelligence; purposeless; pointless; characterless; useless. "Vague and inane instincts." I. Taylor. -- In*ane"ly , adverb

Inane noun That which is void or empty. [ R.]

The undistinguishable inane of infinite space.
Locke.

Inangular adjective Not angular. [ Obsolete]

Inaniloquent, Inaniloquous adjective [ Latin inanis empty + loqui to speak.] Given to talking inanely; loquacious; garrulous. [ R.]

Inanimate transitive verb [ Prefix in- in (or intensively) + animate .] To animate. [ Obsolete] Donne.

Inanimate adjective [ Latin inanimatus ; prefix in- not + animatus animate.] Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull; as, stones and earth are inanimate substances.

Grieving, if aught inanimate e'er grieves.
Byron.

Syn. -- Lifeless; dead; inert; inactive; dull; soulless; spiritless. See Lifeless .

Inanimated adjective Destitute of life; lacking animation; unanimated. Pope.

Inanimateness noun The quality or state of being inanimate.

The deadness and inanimateness of the subject.
W. Montagu.

Inanimation noun [ See 2d Inanimate .] Want of animation; lifeless; dullness.

Inanimation noun [ See 1st Inanimate .] Infusion of life or vigor; animation; inspiration. [ Obsolete]

The inanimation of Christ living and breathing within us.
Bp. Hall.

Inanitiate transitive verb To produce inanition in; to exhaust for want of nourishment. [ R.]

Inanitiation noun Inanition. [ R.]

Inanition noun [ French inanition , Latin inanitio emptiness, from inanire to empty, from inanis empty. Confer Inane .] The condition of being inane; emptiness; want of fullness, as in the vessels of the body; hence, specifically, exhaustion from want of food, either from partial or complete starvation, or from a disorder of the digestive apparatus, producing the same result.

Feeble from inanition , inert from weariness.
Landor.

Repletion and inanition may both do harm in two contrary extremes.
Burton.

Inanity noun ; plural Inanities . [ Latin inanitas , from inanis empty: confer French inanité . See Inane .]


1. Inanition; void space; vacuity; emptiness.

2. Want of seriousness; aimlessness; frivolity.

3. An inane, useless thing or pursuit; a vanity; a silly object; -- chiefly in plural ; as, the inanities of the world.

Inantherate adjective (Botany) Not bearing anthers; -- said of sterile stamens.

Inapathy noun Sensibility; feeling; -- opposed to apathy . [ R.]

Inappealable adjective Not admitting of appeal; not appealable. Coleridge.

Inappeasable adjective Incapable of being appeased or satisfied; unappeasable.

Inappellability noun The quality of being inappellable; finality.

The inappellability of the councils.
Coleridge.

Inappellable adjective Inappealable; final.

Inappetence, Inappetency noun [ Prefix in- not + appetence : confer French inappétence .] Want of appetency; want of desire.

Inapplicability noun [ Confer French inapplicabilité .] The quality of being inapplicable; unfitness; inapplicableness.

Inapplicable adjective [ Prefix in- not + applicable .] Not applicable; incapable of being applied; not adapted; not suitable; as, the argument is inapplicable to the case. J. S. Mill.

Syn. -- Unsuitable; unsuited; unadapted; inappropriate; inapposite; irrelevant.

-- In*ap"pli*ca*ble*ness , noun -- In*ap"pli*ca*bly , adverb

Inapplication noun [ Prefix in- not + application : confer French inapplication .] Want of application, attention, or diligence; negligence; indolence.

Inapposite adjective Not apposite; not fit or suitable; not pertinent. -- In*ap"po*site*ly , adverb

Inappreciable adjective [ Prefix in- not + appreciable : confer French inappréciable .] Not appreciable; too small to be perceived; incapable of being duly valued or estimated. Hallam.

Inappreciation noun Want of appreciation.

Inapprehensible adjective [ Latin inapprehensibilis : confer French inappréhensible .] Not apprehensible; unintelligible; inconceivable. Milton.

Inapprehension noun Want of apprehension.

Inapprehensive adjective Not apprehensive; regardless; unconcerned. Jer. Taylor.

Inapproachable adjective Not approachable; unapproachable; inaccessible; unequaled. -- In`ap*proach"a*bly , adverb

Inappropriate adjective Not instrument ( to ); not appropriate; unbecoming; unsuitable; not specially fitted; -- followed by to or for . -- In`ap*pro"pri*ate*ly , adverb -- In`ap*pro"pri*ate*ness , noun

Inapt adjective [ Prefix in- not + apt : confer French inapte . Confer Inept .] Unapt; not apt; unsuitable; inept. -- In*apt"ly , adverb -- In*apt"ness , noun

Inaptitude noun [ In- + aptitude : confer F. inaptitude. Confer Ineptitude .] Want of aptitude.

Inaquate adjective [ Latin inaquatus , past participle of inaquare to make into water; prefix in- in + aqua water.] Embodied in, or changed into, water. [ Obsolete] Cranmer.

Inaquation noun The state of being inaquate. [ Obsolete] Bp. Gardiner.

Inarable adjective Not arable. [ R.]

Inarch transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inarched ; present participle & verbal noun Inarching .] To graft by uniting, as a scion, to a stock, without separating either from its root before the union is complete; -- also called to graft by approach . P. Miler.

Inarching noun A method of ingrafting. See Inarch .

Inarticulate adjective [ Latin inarticulatus ; prefix in- not + articulatus articulate.]


1. Not uttered with articulation or intelligible distinctness, as speech or words.

Music which is inarticulate poesy.
Dryden.

2. (Zoology) (a) Not jointed or articulated; having no distinct body segments; as, an inarticulate worm. (b) Without a hinge; -- said of an order ( Inarticulata or Ecardines ) of brachiopods.

3. Incapable of articulating. [ R.]

The poor earl, who is inarticulate with palsy.
Walpole.

Inarticulated adjective Not articulated; not jointed or connected by a joint.

Inarticulately adverb In an inarticulate manner. Hammond.

Inarticulateness noun The state or quality of being inarticulate.

Inarticulation noun [ Confer French inarticulation .] Inarticulateness. Chesterfield.

Inartificial adjective [ Prefix in- not + artificial : confer French inartificiel .] Not artificial; not made or elaborated by art; natural; simple; artless; as, an inartificial argument; an inartificial character. -- In*ar`ti*fi"cial*ly , adverb -- In*ar`ti*fi"cial*ness , noun

Inasmuch adverb [ In + as + much .] In like degree; in like manner; seeing that; considering that; since; -- followed by as . See In as much as , under In , preposition

Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matt. xxv. 45.

Syn. -- Because; since; for; as. See Because .

Inattention noun [ Prefix in- not + attention : confer French inattention .] Want of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard; heedlessness; neglect.

Novel lays attract our ravished ears;
But old, the mind inattention hears.
Pope.

Syn. -- Inadvertence; heedlessness; negligence; carelessness; disregard; remissness; thoughtlessness; neglect. -- Inattention , Inadvertence . We miss seeing a thing through inadvertence when do not happen to look at it; through inattention when we give no heed to it, though directly before us. The latter is therefore the worse. Inadvertence may be an involuntary accident; inattention is culpable neglect. A versatile mind is often inadvertent ; a careless or stupid one is inattentive .

Inattentive adjective [ Confer French inattentif .] Not attentive; not fixing the mind on an object; heedless; careless; negligent; regardless; as, an inattentive spectator or hearer; an inattentive habit. I. Watts.

Syn. -- Careless; heedless; regardless; thoughtless; negligent; remiss; inadvertent.

-- In`at*ten"tive*ly , adverb -- In`at*ten"tive*ness , noun

Inaudibility noun The quality of being inaudible; inaudibleness.

Inaudible adjective [ Latin inaudibilis ; prefix in- not + audire to hear: confer French unaudible . See In- not, and Audible .] Not audible; incapable of being heard; silent. -- In*au"di*ble*ness , noun -- In*au"di*bly , adverb

Inaugur transitive verb [ Confer French inaugurer . See Inaugurate .] To inaugurate. [ Obsolete] Latimer.