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a. Incapable of moving or acting: "[Some patients] lingered, unable to breathe on their own, inert and unresponsive even to the most noxious stimulus" (Gary Greenberg).
b. Sluggish in action or motion; lethargic. See Synonyms at inactive.
2. Chemistry Not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds.
3. Having no pharmacologic, metabolic, or other physiological effect.

[Latin iners, inert- : in-, not; see in-1 + ars, skill; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

in·ert′ly adv.
in·ert′ness n.
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With little or no effort he succeeded, and the great bulk rolled inertly upon the turf before him--the ape was dead.
In The Guest Room (1950-52), the curtain that so often frames portraits inertly here takes on a life of its own, not only rising up above the scene but breaking through the open door to swirl over the head of the young nude protagonist.
Now, if we count every individual second-marker, on our watch, we are merely treating time inertly, failing to capture the lifelikeness of its motion or the facticity of its progressiveness.
Anticipatory strategies are also used before voluntary movements to help to maintain stability during movement because movements inertly destabilize the body.
The root was moistened with cotton pellet inertly to simulate the clinical situation during the repair process.
The roof is separated from the body of the church with a stream of windows, which gives an impression of the roof inertly floating over the structure of the church.
Other pieces with turbine vents had previously been exhibited outdoors; now, vainly awaiting a puff of wind, they hung inertly. Sometimes the extraneous elements were more discreet, such as the television antennae that rise up among artificial plant stalks in The Intermediate--Antenna Basket on Rings, placed atop a straw vase in the shape of elephant ears.
[The text] cannot simply allow "reality" to persevere inertly in its own being, outside the text and at a distance.
The Executive Board inertly leads the company using old strategic, tactical, and operational plans.
who are victims of fanaticism and intolerance." "I renew my hope that the international community will not assist mutely and inertly to such an unacceptable crime," he said in the message, which will be delivered to the Jordanian Church by the secretary of the Italian Bishops' Conference, Nunzio Galantino.