Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Want of activity or exertion; habitual indisposition to action or motion; sluggishness; apathy; insensibility.
  • n. Absence of the power of self-motion; inertia.
  • n. Quality of being unreactive with other chemical compounds or elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of activity or exertion; habitual indisposition to action or motion; sluggishness; apathy; insensibility.
  • n. Absence of the power of self-motion; inertia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being inert
  • n. The state of being inherently destitute of the power of motion or action; that property by which bodies tend to persist in a state of rest, or of motion derived from external force. See inertia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. immobility by virtue of being inert

Etymologies

inert +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How does the notion of inertness come at all, then?

    The Recreations of a Country Parson

  • Thus we shall speak of matter as showing the attribute of 'inertness', when it is subject to mechanical causation, of 'alertness', when it is subject to magical causation.

    Man or Matter

  • It is certainly possible, as we have seen, for the victory of malice over love to be accompanied by thrilling pleasure; but, when this happens malice has lost something of its "inertness" by drawing to itself and corrupting for its own use the dynamic energy of love.

    The Complex Vision

  • "The increasing need by the electronics industry for special metals with defined characteristics, such as inertness, conductivity and fusibility, has seen a revival in demand for [rare earths]," Nomura strategists said.

    Rare-earth price rally to lift Asian producers Asia Markets - MarketWatch

  • Israel may be concerned about the turmoil and fear a post-Mubarak Egypt, but there's no evidence that is the cause of Obama's inertness.

    Soros blames Jews for Egypt

  • Then the air was slowly, very slowly, exhaled, and his body as slowly flattened itself down into inertness.

    All Gold Cañon

  • The spareness of the set contributes to this feeling of inertness.

    Howard Kissel: The Met's New Faust

  • The short answer to the first question is that it's easy to mistake inertia for inertness.

    The Arab Revolt in Retrospect

  • Other foreign policy gurus are equally critical of the administration's inertness.

    What options do we have on Libya?

  • Yet thematic potency and cinematic virtuosity—the production was designed by Dante Ferretti and photographed by Robert Richardson—can't conceal a deadly inertness at the film's core.

    'Hugo': A Dazzler, but No Victor

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