Negatives with “in” – 16 Words


lacking interest or significance or impact

“The people work hard, but they get to relax a bit. It’s not stodgy, dull and insipid,” he said.
–Washington Post, Aug 29, 2014

impervious to correction by punishment

Perhaps this boy is incorrigibly hostile, but it sounds as if he may have had a hard and troubled life.
—Slate Apr 7, 2014

protection against future loss

When the various payments to the industry are counted, the program costs $1.44 for every $1 in indemnities to the grower, according to his calculations.
—Reuters Jun 20, 2012

inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

But it is also to do with a work culture that shuns initiative and rewards indolence.
—The Guardian Jul 3, 2014

defying expression or description

I do seek comfort in the ineffable and the inexpressible, in mysteries we will never solve.
–Salon Feb 15, 2014

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

“Just as German unification represented the inexorable tide of history, I believe that Korean unification is a matter of historical inevitability,” she said.
—Time Mar 31, 2014

occupy in large numbers or live on a host

The house, condemned by the local council as “insanitary and unsafe”, has been infested with mice, cockroaches and bed-bugs.
–BBC Aug 29, 2014

lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

Next, imagine if when that time came, a new disease wiped out all the productive adults – leaving only people under 18 and the extremely infirm.
—Economist Nov 26, 2013

a person who shows no gratitude

Those who yawn at such achievements, he denounced, calling them “ ingrates.”
—Salon Jun 6, 2012

physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident

It awarded a handful of multimillion-dollar grants to test brain-stimulation systems for purposes such as restoring memory and treating traumatic brain injury.
—Nature Sep 29, 2014

not injurious to physical or mental health

He decided on a course of resistance, refusing to aid the enemy even when their demands seemed relatively innocuous.
—BBC (Sep 16, 2014)

beyond normal limits

Theirs are lives of “emptiness, and aimlessness and isolation,” due to an inordinate focus on “affluence, credentials, and prestige.”
—Forbes Sep 23, 2014

marked by unconcern

Its performance is almost perfect: an apparently insouciant ease belies the intensely clever, dynamic writing and carefully limited perspective.
—The Guardian May 3, 2013

undamaged in any way

My father’s remarkable intellect and photographic memory were intact.
—New York Times Sep 25, 2014

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

This weekend, intrepid travelers will journey to Norway’s remote Sandhornøy island to celebrate the heritage and landscape of the Arctic region.
—Architectural Digest Aug 29, 2014

incapable of being overcome or subdued

“And here he is: the unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar!” he said as the horse came to the finish line.
—New York Times Aug 31, 2014

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