# Help regarding stereochemically inactive s orbital [duplicate]

Author JD Lee says in his book, Inorganic Chemistry

The dipole moment of $\ce{XeF6}$ is approximately = $0$ because the lone pair is present in the stereochemically inactive s orbital.

What is this stereochemically inactive s orbital? What does the statement mean?

PS: Please don't provide links to any web pages as I have gone crazy by the definitions they provide and also please try to explain it in an easy language and not some very technical chemistry as I am not an expert.

• Well, it means it doesn't affect stereochemistry of compound; it's shape is almost unaffected by it's presence. Sep 17 '16 at 20:45
• Sep 17 '16 at 20:47
• S-orbital is spherical in shape , so any particular direction is not favoured, hence stereochemically inactive.
– JM97
Sep 18 '16 at 0:12
• Why are we closing the old question as a duplicate of the new question? (@Mithoron)
– Jan
Sep 8 '17 at 10:02
• @Jan Ortho seems keen on making new better ones... Sep 8 '17 at 21:20