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  • from Wiktionary:

    Vis inertiae

    1. The resistance of matter, as when a body at rest is set in motion, or a body in motion is brought to rest, or has its motion changed, either in direction or in velocity.

    2. Inertness; inactivity.

    Usage notes

    Vis inertiae and inertia are not strictly synonymous. The former implies the resistance itself which is given, while the latter implies merely the property by which it is given.

    June 12, 2018