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  • n. Want of activity or exertion; inertness; quietude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of activity or exertion; inertness; quietude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inertia; inertness; absence of exertion.


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  • Her weak faculties approved of inertion: her brain, her eyes, her ears, her heart slept content; they could not wake to work, so lethargy was their Paradise.


  • His former quiet life -- amounting almost to physical inertion -- had given place to a nervous and all-consuming desire to master the rather strenuous art of aviation.

    Mary Louise Solves a Mystery

  • There had been no flourish of trumpets, no herald of the impending storm, but the pent up forces of revolution in inertion, now fierce for action, discarded restraint.

    Shadow and Light An Autobiography with Reminiscences of the Last and Present Century

  • So matters stood when the limpid inertion of Grace's pool-like existence was disturbed as by a geyser.

    The Woodlanders

  • I remarked in my illness the complete inertion, inaction, and destruction of my chief mental faculties.

    Life of Lord Byron With His Letters And Journals

  • After three days of complete inertion, Susan raised herself in her bed, and wept over her hapless fate.

    The Village Coquette

  • Niboe, almost “dissolve in tears,” and instantaneously transform herself into all that was gay and lively, as she sprang into the “frolic dance;” while presently she seemed to sink into all the lassitude, the languor, and the inertion of Ottoman voluptuousness.

    Substance and Shadow; or, the Fisherman's Daughter of Brighton

  • How long this state of mental inertion might have lasted is uncertain, had not the sound of approaching footsteps roused her attention to the cause from whence it proceeded.

    Stella of the North, or the Foundling of the Ship

  • Yet such was the harassed, or rather broken state of his health, that his mental strength and unconquerable courage alone preserved the poor shattered frame from sinking into languor and inertion.

    The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay — Volume 3

  • Lastly, as all these filaments have possessed, or do possess, the power of contraction, and of consequent inertion or elongation; it seems probable, that the nutritive particles are applied during their times of elongation; when their original constituent particles are removed to a greater distance from each other.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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