Example sentences for: inanimate

How can you use “inanimate” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Still life--the portrayal of familiar inanimate objects--is, as the name suggests, a paradoxical genre.

  • --that, in the end, owes more to metaphysics (divining the essential natures of things as inanimate as software programs) than to reason.

  • In a recent letter in Nature, “Lexical organization of nouns and verbs in the brain,” Alfonso Caramazza and Argye E. Hills reported on patients' relative ability to control specific semantic categories, such as abstract vs. concrete words, animate vs. inanimate, etc., based on the dysfunction of a part of the brain.

  • But in more formal standard English inanimate objects are now referred to by the neuter pronoun it , though in other Indo-European languages that I know grammatical gender lingers as a sort of ghost of animistic gender haunting all nouns.

  • As the American philosopher Quentin Smith has pointed out, "If God created the universe with the aim of making it animate, it is illogical that he would have created as its first state something whose natural evolution would lead with high probability only to inanimate states ." The only way God could have ensured the appearance of creatures in his own image was by repeatedly intervening and making adjustments to steer the evolution of the world away from lifeless disaster.

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