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inert

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of inert

  1. 1 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment the inert, abandoned factories that are scattered all over that dying city Synonyms of inert dead, dormant, fallow, free, idle, inactive, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantWords Related to inert abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms of inert functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms of inert active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

  2. 2 slow to move or act a sleepy, inert reptile that is no threat to people when left alone Synonyms of inert dull, inactive, lethargic, quiescent, sleepy, sluggish, torpidWords Related to inert ambitionless, apathetic, indolent, languorous, lazy, lazyish, listless, shiftless, slack, slothful, sluggard, sluggardly; dormant, inanimate, motionless, resting, sedentary, static, still; dead; dopey (also dopy), drugged; asleep, drowsy, somnambulant; catatonic, comatoseNear Antonyms of inert busy, engaged, occupied, working; animated, bouncing, dynamic, energetic, kinetic, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vigorous, vital, vivacious, zippy; assiduous, diligent, hardworking, industrious, sedulousAntonyms of inert active

Synonym Discussion of inert

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

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