Definition of inert in English:

inert

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnəːt
 
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adjective

  • 2Chemically inactive.
    More 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

Derivatives

inertly

adverb
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  • 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

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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