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Lack of action or activity - synonyms or related words

inaction

noun

the failure to do anything, especially when you should do something

avoidance

noun

the practice or policy of avoiding someone or something

standstill

noun

a situation in which something stops moving or happening

evasion

noun

the practice of avoiding doing something that you should do

inertia

noun

a situation in which no progress is made or no action is taken

delay

noun

failure to do something quickly

stagnation

noun

a situation in which there is no progress or development

suspended animation

noun

a situation in which someone feels they cannot be active because they must wait for something to happen

sidestep

noun

a deafening silence

a serious failure to say or do something in reaction to a request or action

brinner

a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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