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English definition of “inaction”

inaction

noun [U]     /ɪnˈæk.ʃən/ formal
failure to do anything that might provide a solution to a problem: The West's inaction has put millions of people at risk of starvation. This announcement follows months of inaction and delay.Passive and not working
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