inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ i-ˈnərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Definition of inert

1 : lacking the power to move
2 : very slow to move or act : sluggish
3 : deficient in active properties especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action

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Other Words from inert

inert noun
inertly adverb
inertness noun

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inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work. on inactive status as an astronaut inactive accounts idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements. workers were idle in the fields inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity. inert ingredients in drugs an inert citizenry passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control. passive resistance supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence. a supine willingness to play the fool

Examples of inert in a Sentence

an inert and lifeless body How does he propose to stimulate the inert economy and create jobs?
Recent Examples on the Web This was partly because America in early 2020 was booming by historical standards, and partly because the Trump administration and Congress quickly infused some $4 trillion of liquidity into the inert economy. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Will Historians Make of Our Annus Horribilis?," 31 Dec. 2020 Orlando is one of the most inert franchises in the NBA. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA offseason grades: From Bucks to Lakers and beyond, which teams have set up themselves for success?," 16 Dec. 2020 Many heritage sites are not inert buildings that are purely vessels of history but are also living and breathing entities that are very much situated in the daily lives of those that live around them. Sabrina Papazian, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Times of Conflict, How Can We Support the People Who Keep Culture Alive," 22 Dec. 2020 But now lab experiments from the Harvard team, published today in Communications Earth & Environment, have found the compound to be relatively inert to that chemistry—still a step up from ozone-depleting sulfates, however. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Geoengineers inch closer to Sun-dimming balloon test," 15 Dec. 2020 The US Air Force declassified video of a mock nuclear test from August 2020 where a F-35A Lightning II jet was used to drop an inert nuclear bomb. Karol Brinkley, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 27 Nov. 2020 An inert Biden is playing the role of good ol’ Joe from Scranton, while his supporters hope not to just to change presidency, but to alter the very rules of how America has been governed for decades and even centuries. Victor Davis Hanson Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "A plea to Biden voters: Don't empower leftists," 29 Oct. 2020 The inert explosives included two pipe bombs and 14 sticks of dynamite. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A Colorado man who expressed 'hatred' of Jewish people and planned to blow up a synagogue pleads guilty to federal hate crime," 16 Oct. 2020 Their ineptitude, combined with an inert bureaucracy staffed by ex-soldiers, left the government floundering and unable to achieve anything much. The Economist, "Aung San Suu Kyi was supposed to set Burmese democracy free," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inert

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inert

Latin inert-, iners unskilled, idle, from in- + art-, ars skill — more at arm

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The first known use of inert was in 1647

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15 Jan 2021

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“Inert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inert. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for inert

inert

adjective
How to pronounce inert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inert

: unable to move
: moving or acting very slowly
chemistry : not able to affect other chemicals when in contact with them : not chemically reactive

inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ i-ˈnərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Kids Definition of inert

: unable or slow to move or react inert gas

Other Words from inert

inertness noun

inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ in-ˈərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Medical Definition of inert

1 : lacking the power to move
2 : deficient in active properties especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action an inert drug

Other Words from inert

inertness noun

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