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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. unable to move or resist motion;

2. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive;
- Example: "inert matter"
- Example: "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
[syn: inert, indifferent, neutral]

3. slow and apathetic;
- Example: "she was fat and inert"
- Example: "a sluggish worker"
- Example: "a mind grown torpid in old age"
[syn: inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Inert \In*ert"\, a. [L. iners, inertis, unskilled, idle; pref. in- + ars art: cf. F. inerte. See Art.] [1913 Webster] 1. Destitute of the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion; as, matter is inert. [1913 Webster] 2. Indisposed to move or act; very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive; indolent; lifeless. [1913 Webster] The inert and desponding party of the court. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] It present becomes extravagant, then imbecile, and at length utterly inert. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 3. Not having or manifesting active properties; not affecting other substances when brought in contact with them; powerless for an expected or desired effect; as, the noble gases are chemically inert. Syn: Inactive; dull; passive; indolent; sluggish; slothful; lazy; lifeless; irresolute; stupid; senseless; insensible. Usage: Inert, Inactive, Sluggish. A man may be inactive from mere lack of stimulus to effort; but one who is inert has something in his constitution or his habits which operates like a weight holding him back from exertion. Sluggish is still stronger, implying some defect of temperament which directly impedes action. Inert and inactive are negative, sluggish is positive. [1913 Webster] Even the favored isles . . . Can boast but little virtue; and, inert Through plenty, lose in morals what they gain In manners -- victims of luxurious ease. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Doomed to lose four months in inactive obscurity. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] Sluggish Idleness, the nurse of sin, Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

inert adj 1: unable to move or resist motion 2: having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction" [syn: inert, indifferent, neutral] 3: slow and apathetic; "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age" [syn: inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

144 Moby Thesaurus words for "inert": abeyant, abiotic, apathetic, asleep, azoic, benumbed, blase, bored, cataleptic, catatonic, changeless, constant, contemplative, dead, debilitated, do-nothing, dopey, dormant, droopy, drugged, dull, dumb, enervated, exanimate, flat, foul, groggy, heavy, hebetudinous, idle, immobile, immutable, impassive, impotent, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inanimate, inanimated, incommutable, inconvertible, indefeasible, indolent, insensate, insensible, insentient, insusceptible of change, intransmutable, invariable, irretrievable, irreversible, irrevocable, jaded, lackadaisical, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, languid, languorous, lasting, latent, lazy, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, logy, lumpish, meditative, moribund, motionless, mute, neuter, neutral, noble, nonconscious, nonliving, nonreturnable, nonreversible, numb, otiose, paralytic, paralyzed, passive, permanent, phlegmatic, pooped, powerless, procrastinating, quiescent, quiet, quietist, quietistic, reverseless, sated, sedentary, senseless, slack, sleeping, sleepy, slothful, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smoldering, somnolent, soulless, stagnant, stagnating, standing, standpat, static, stationary, still, stolid, stultified, supine, suspended, tame, torpid, unalterable, unalterative, unaltered, unanimated, unaroused, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unconscious, undeflectable, undeviating, unfeeling, unmodifiable, unremitting, unresponsive, unrestorable, unreturnable, unsusceptible, unvariable, unvarying, vegetable, vegetative, wan, weary, world-weary