February 08, 2012
inert (adjective)
\ih-NERT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: unable or slow to move, act, or react
How do you use it?
When he tried to empty the laundry basket, Theo discovered the inert body of his snoozing cat, who used it daily for a five-hour catnap.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "inert"?

"Inert" implies an unwillingness to be active that is a part of one's nature (as in "an inert population"), while "passive" suggests a lack of normal response to an outside force or influence ("passive spectators"). "Inactive," another synonym, applies to anyone or anything not in action, in operation, or at work ("on inactive status as an astronaut") ("inactive business accounts"). And "idle" can be used to describe people or things not being employed or used ("idle workers") ("idle factories").
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