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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inert mean? 

INERT (adjective)
  The adjective INERT has 3 senses:

1. unable to move or resist motion
2. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
3. slow and apathetic

  Familiarity information: INERT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INERT (adjective)

Sense 1inert [BACK TO TOP]


Unable to move or resist motion


nonmoving; unmoving (not in motion)

Sense 2inert [BACK TO TOP]


Having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive


inert; neutral; indifferent

Context examples:

inert matter / an indifferent chemical in a reaction


unreactive (not reacting chemically)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Sense 3inert [BACK TO TOP]


Slow and apathetic


torpid; inert; sluggish; soggy

Context examples:

she was fat and inert / a sluggish worker / a mind grown torpid in old age


inactive (not active physically or mentally)

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