- inactive in‧ac‧tive [ɪnˈæktɪv] adjective1. FINANCE if investors or dealers in a financial market are inactive, they are buying and selling very little:
• Institutions continued to buy stocks selectively, while small investors remained inactive.2. FINANCE if a company's shares are inactive, very few people are buying or selling them:
• The Pacific Stock Exchange announced a plan to list a category of inactive stocks.3. COMMERCE if a company is inactive, it still exists but does not do any business:
• a now inactive subsidiary of A.O. Smith Corp.4. BANKING if a loan is inactive, interest payments are not being made on it as agreed:
• The bank itself ran up losses of $15 billion, with extensive outstanding but inactive loans.
* * *inactive UK US /ɪnˈæktɪv/ adjective► doing nothing or not doing what you have usually done: »
an inactive member of an advisory board»
Voters who have not participated in an election in three years are considered inactive.»
People are classed as economically inactive if they are not seeking work or not available to work.► STOCK MARKET not buying or selling very much: »
Many Tokyo investors were inactive ahead of Friday's special quotation.► not operating or being used: »
The company is inactive rather than insolvent.»
an inactive company/entity»
an inactive quarry/oil rig
Financial and business terms. 2012.