Examples of inertia in a Sentence
He blames governmental inertia for the holdup.
After 10 years in an unsatisfying job she overcame her inertia and went back to school.
Recent Examples of inertia from the Web
Breaking the hold of inertia, in politics as in physics, requires an outside force.
The situation is inherently and intensely awkward, but inertia is no longer an option.
That political inertia isn’t a strength, according to the Russian official, who described the Republicans and Democrats as two wings of the same party protecting the interests of an elite.
The report painted a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the attack.
In South-East Asia, by contrast, cronyism and inertia are consequences of an economy that is unfair to those at the bottom.
Smaller turbos mean less rotational inertia, allowing these tiny blowers to spool up more quickly than most current setups.
That game, additionally, feels more comfortable in VR, owing to more pronounced cockpit-anchoring visual details and a clearer sense of real car movement and inertia.
Fighting a defensive war One of the strongest forces preventing change in Indiana’s alcohol laws is what Todd Roberson, a senior lecturer in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, simply calls political inertia.
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Inertia is the inherent property of a body that makes it oppose any force that would cause a change in its motion. A body at rest and a body in motion both oppose forces that might cause acceleration. The inertia of a body can be measured by its mass, which governs its resistance to the action of a force, or by its moment of inertia about a specified axis, which measures its resistance to the action of a torque about the same axiss.
Origin and Etymology of inertia
First Known Use: 1713See Words from the same year
Synonymsidleness, indolence, laziness, shiftlessness, sloth
Antonymsdrive, industriousness, industry
Related Wordsapathy, languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, supineness; dallying, goldbricking, loafing, lolling, lounging
Near Antonymsambition, enterprise, go, hustle, initiative; assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, perseverance; animation, briskness, energy, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, lustiness, pep, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vigor, vim, vitality, vivacity
INERTIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inertia for English Language Learners
: lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed
: a feeling of not having the energy or desire that is needed to move, change, etc.
physics : a property of matter by which something that is not moving remains still and something that is moving goes at the same speed and in the same direction until another thing or force affects it
INERTIA Defined for Kids
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