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inert

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnəːt
 
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Definition of inert in English:

adjective

1Lacking the ability or strength to move: she lay inert in her bed
More example sentences
  • ‘We're looking for people who in 15 minutes can make an inert audience move,’ explains Jonny Rocket, who, with his wife Lisa, has organised the free event.
  • Two hours later, we watched through glass as her inert body was wheeled into the intensive care recovery.
  • Another man strode by with the inert body of a young child in his arms.
Synonyms
unconscious, out cold, comatose, lifeless, inanimate, insensible, senseless, insensate, insentient;
unconcerned, apathetic, indifferent
French archaic fainéant
rare soporose, soporous, otiose
1.1Lacking vigour: an inert political system
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  • Our political parties are inert, and that's the reason behind the emergence of the radical groups which are filling in the political vacuum.
  • Meanwhile, the intention is to turn whole command and control agencies into passive, inert organisms.
  • So is it just an unwillingness on the part of an inert legal community in this country that the jury system has not been adequately researched?
2Chemically inactive.
Example sentences
  • Fluorine is so reactive that it forms compounds with the noble gases, which were thought to be chemically inert.
  • Airborne CFCs, which were relatively inert near Earth's surface, were being decomposed by sunlight in the upper atmosphere, releasing free chlorine atoms.
  • Neon is the second element in Group 18 of the periodic table, a group of elements known as the inert or noble gases.
Synonyms
chemically inactive

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin iners, inert- 'unskilled, inactive', from in- (expressing negation) + ars, art- 'skill, art'.

Derivatives

inertly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Collective memory is a people's heritage and also its energy; it does not merely sit there inertly, but it must be activated as part of a people's identity and sense of its own prerogative… to understand who we are and what we are doing.
  • Barbaro is seen clearly distressed and confused, the lower part of his injured leg flopping inertly.
  • The local is thus not conceived as existing inertly against a backdrop of global forces, but rather as constructed through this dynamic.

inertness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Titanium has become the material of choice for implantable devices because of its strength, weight, and inertness to body fluids.
  • I shook off my inertness and reached out to touch her arm.
  • It is insoluble in water and it has a relative chemical inertness.

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