Still is a adjective from the Latin word immobĭlis which refers to that or that which has no movement . What is fixed, firm or still , therefore, is motionless.
For example: "After receiving the electric shock and falling to the ground, the man remained motionless for a few seconds and then began to move", "With a strong left foot, the Swiss striker left the goalkeeper motionless and scored the first goal of the match", “Upon hearing the News , I stood still and could not react ”.
To qualify something as immovable, you had to have movement before or there must be a possibility that you have it in the future. Inanimate objects as a table , a sculpture or a house, to name a few cases, will never move on their own, so it makes no sense to clarify that they are motionless.
The people and the animals, on the other hand, perform a wide variety of movements, even unconscious, and have a capacity for locomotion. In fact, when breathing, a living being moves. This way when someone he stays very still , it can be said that it seems motionless, even though it makes small movements difficult to perceive.
An individual who falls fainted, in this context, remains motionless. In a figurative sense, it is also immovable who is paralyzed by a shock or a emotion .
Suppose a young man walks down the street when, suddenly, he sees his wife kissing with a stranger on a bench in a Park . The boy, stunned by the scene, he remains motionless for a moment , trying to process and understand what you are seeing. When he reacts, he decides to approach for explanations.
Precisely, the news or images that are extremely shocking can cause us state of paralysis that lasts a few seconds because we don't know what to do. One of the explanations is that we do not usually prepare for these types of situations, which are generally negative, and then it is difficult for us to process them since we feel like a child hearing for the first time a very difficult word to pronounce.
In this context, it is also possible to speak of immobility in a symbolic sense to refer specifically to the impossibility of reacting on an intellectual or emotional level. Beyond being able or not to move the body before a shocking situation, the apparent "freezing" that crosses our mind It prevents us from reasoning what is happening.
Similarly, the concept of immobility can be used to symbolize the lack of action or commitment that a person exhibits in front of a certain problem. Remaining immobile in the face of someone else's problem may mean refusing to help the other, regardless of the reasons that cause this lack of action.
The motionless adjective is very common in everyday speech. However, there are several synonyms, some of which appear more frequently and allow us to appreciate certain nuances of their meaning that may not be so apparent to the naked eye. Let's look at some of the highlights below: stable, fixed, stationary, permanent, unalterable, invariable, immoble, inert, constant , firm and immovable.
In the previous list we can notice some terms that are especially useful to refer to the absence of movement physical and others, how to be immovable or unalterable, which are suitable for meaning focused on reason and feelings. People who keep their sensitivity blocked usually fear the outside, but the perception that others often have of them is that they do not want to get involved because they are not interested in the problems of others.
Finally, we can mention some antonyms of still, how to be unstable, variable mobile movable and changing. All of them denote constant movement, absence of stability, an unpredictable nature.