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: to damage or make worse by or as if by diminishing in some material respect


: treating all people and groups equally : not partial or biased


1 : an article serving to equip

2 : a device used in the performance of a task : tool, utensil

3 : one that serves as an instrument or tool


: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing

synonyms see continual

in·ces·sant·ly adverb


the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test


1 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement

2 a : something gained or added

b : one of a series of regular consecutive additions

c : a minute increase in quantity

3 : the amount or degree by which something changes; especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables


added another big increment to the sales total this quarter


1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : raid

2 : an entering in or into (as an activity or undertaking)


there were incursions from the border every summer


1 : marked by impartiality : unbiased

2 a : that does not matter one way or the other

b : of no importance or value one way or the other

3 a : marked by no special liking for or dislike of something

b : marked by a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for something : apathetic

4 : being neither excessive nor inadequate : moderate

5 a : being neither good nor bad : mediocre

b : being neither right nor wrong

6 : characterized by lack of active quality : neutral

7 a : not differentiated

b : capable of development in more than one direction; especially : not yet embryologically determined


1 : produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment

2 : innate, inborn

synonyms see native

in·dig·e·nous·ly adverb

in·dig·e·nous·ness noun


the culture of the indigenous people of that country

the drive to create that is indigenous to humanity


1 : not subject to being set aside or neglected

2 : absolutely necessary : essential

in·dis·pens·abil·i·ty \-ˌspen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

indispensable noun

in·dis·pens·able·ness \-ˈspen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun

in·dis·pens·ably \-blē\ adverb


fully aware that he was an indispensable assistant, he decided that it was high time that he be paid what he was worth


: not distinct: as

a : not sharply outlined or separable : blurred

b : faint, dim

c : not clearly recognizable or understandable : uncertain

in·dis·tinct·ly \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-lē, -ˈstiŋ-klē\ adverb

in·dis·tinct·ness \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-nəs, -ˈstiŋk-nəs\ noun


managed to discern a blurry, indistinct shadow through the downpour


transitive verb

1 a : to move by persuasion or influence

b : to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation

2 a : effect, cause

b : to cause the formation of

c : to produce (as an electric current) by induction

3 : to determine by induction; specifically : to infer from particulars

Other forms: in·duced; in·duc·ing


the medication induced labor

finally induced the eyewitness to the gangland slaying to cooperate with the police


1 : lacking in fitness or aptitude : unfit

2 : lacking sense or reason : foolish

3 : not suitable to the time, place, or occasion : inappropriate often to an absurd degree

4 : generally incompetent : bungling

synonyms see awkward

in·ept·ly \-ˈnep(t)-lē\ adverb

in·ept·ness \-nəs\ noun


a well-meaning but inept secretary who can't seem to keep the boss's appointments straight

an inept comparison between nursing-home residents and day-care children that many found offensive

an inept effort to become friends with their future son-in-law


: not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless

in·ex·o·ra·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)i-ˌneks-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnek-sə-, -ˌneg-zə-\ noun

in·ex·o·ra·ble·ness \-ˈneks-rə-bəl-nəs, -ˈnek-sə-, -ˈneg-zə-\ noun

in·ex·o·ra·bly \-blē\ adverb


1 : having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil

2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful

3 : convicted of an offense bringing infamy

in·fa·mous·ly adverb


the infamous criminal who remains known only by the moniker of “Jack the Ripper”


1 : extending indefinitely : endless

2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible

3 : subject to no limitation or external determination

4 a : extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large

b : extending to infinity

c : characterized by an infinite number of elements or terms

in·fi·nite·ly adverb


: an infinitesimal quantity or variable



: ingenious


transitive verb

1 : to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat : live in

2 : to be present in or occupy in any manner or form

intransitive verb

archaic : to have residence in a place : dwell

in·hab·it·able \-bə-tə-bəl\ adjective

in·hab·it·er noun


transitive verb

1 : to prohibit from doing something

2 a : to hold in check : restrain

b : to discourage from free or spontaneous activity especially through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraintsintransitive verb

: to cause inhibition

synonyms see forbid

in·hib·i·tive \-bə-tiv\ adjective

in·hib·i·to·ry \-bə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective


the cold inhibited her from getting much work done that morning

laws designed to inhibit the powers of the intelligence organizations

a fundamental sense of propriety should have inhibited you from making a drunken spectacle of yourself


1 : existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth : native, inborn

2 : belonging to the essential nature of something : inherent

3 : originating in or derived from the mind or the constitution of the intellect rather than from experience

in·nate·ly adverb

in·nate·ness noun


an innate athletic ability that allowed him to excel at just about any sport he tried his hand at


1 : producing no injury : harmless

2 : not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility : inoffensive, insipid

in·noc·u·ous·ly adverb

in·noc·u·ous·ness noun


those innocuous lies we must tell every day if society is to remain civil


1 : having many complexly interrelating parts or elements : complicated

2 : difficult to resolve or analyze

synonyms see complex

in·tri·cate·ly adverb

in·tri·cate·ness noun


an intricate machine that requires some training to use it properly

an intricate hairstyle that requires far too much maintenance to suit my taste


1 : roused to ire

2 : arising from anger

irate·ly adverb

irate·ness noun


Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show.

an irate neighbor