Adjective "inert" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking the ability or strength to move.
  1. 'It's long been suggested that Britain is a country of inert fools who do nothing more than sit in front of the TV.'
  2. 'Another man strode by with the inert body of a young child in his arms.'
  3. 'He glanced over his shoulder, then spun completely around to stare at the inert body crumpled on the asphalt a few feet behind him.'
  4. 'Meanwhile, the intention is to turn whole command and control agencies into passive, inert organisms.'
  5. '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?'
  6. 'After all, the image of politically inert women reinforces cherished myths about motherhood.'
Chemically inactive.
  1. 'The nitrogen we breathe is chemically inert and takes no part in the chemical or metabolic reactions in the body.'
  2. 'Normally it is said that gold has no biochemical purpose, because it is chemically inert.'
  3. 'Because it is chemically inert, helium was not identified on Earth until some time later, in 1895.'
  4. 'Intramolecular forces in the chlorobenzene backbone of the polymer create a strong film that is chemically inert to acid, base, and ketone exposure.'
  5. 'Both types of polymer contain strong C-F bonds and are thermally stable, chemically inert and ‘non-stick’, because of the low affinity of fluorine for other materials.'
  6. 'Since argon is chemically inert, there is no tissue carbonization.'
  7. 'Furthermore, the rapid expansion of cold gases forced hot, oxygenated air from the waste pile and replaced it with chemically inert nitrogen and carbon dioxide.'
  8. 'Niobium is a relatively inert element, although it does react with oxygen and concentrated acids at high temperatures.'
  9. 'Gases that reach the stratosphere can remain there for many years, particularly if they are chemically inert.'
  10. 'Fluorine is so reactive that it forms compounds with the noble gases, which were thought to be chemically inert.'


1. having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance (opposed to active): inert matter.

2. Chemistry. having little or no ability to react, as nitrogen that occurs uncombined in the atmosphere.

3. Pharmacology. having no pharmacological action, as the excipient of a pill.

4. inactive or sluggish by habit or nature.

More examples(as adjective)

"materials can be inert in bodies."

"masteries can be inert in minds."

"futures can be inert of sessions."

"materials can be inert."

"bodies can be inert."

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