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inert (adj) without the power to act; inactive; slow.

If you are inert you do not have the power to move about or do anything. If you are dull and slow you are inert. You are inactive if you are inert. “He lay inert with half closed eyes.” This means that he lay there without the power to move and with his eyes half closed. An inert government is a government functioning very ineffectively. An inert administration is an inactive administration.

  • The inert system had but one active leader. It was its president. The rest of them were there without any initiative to act. The president alone was active.
  • Weeks of overwork drained his energy. He lay there inert, and did not have the strength even to do his normal work.
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