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
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 of inert from the Web
They are made of inert material and will not rot or stick to the frame.
That week, 59 firearms were found at TSA checkpoints across the U.S. as well as inert blasting caps (detonators), fireworks and knives.
Gradually, the ocean’s dead zones spread, killing off marine species that had dominated the oceans for hundreds of millions of years, and the gas the inert waters gave off into the atmosphere poisoned everything on land.
More than 100 weapons were found Thursday when investigators searched Officer Robert Cain’s home, including several assault rifles, a non-functioning grenade launcher, and inert grenades, according to the official.
Two of the sources said a grenade launcher and grenades were recovered, but the devices were either dysfunctional or inert.
Unlike her plays, which were mannered, inert, and a big fat drag.
Moreover, start-ups see entrenched government regulation, and inert unions, not so much as impediments but as one more thing to disrupt.
The book’s ventures into philosophy are similarly inert.
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Synonym Discussion of inert
INERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inert for English Language Learners
: unable to move
: moving or acting very slowly
chemistry : not able to affect other chemicals when in contact with them : not chemically reactive
INERT Defined for Kids
Definition of inert for Students
: unable or slow to move or react inert gas
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
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