February 08, 2017
- inert (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : unable or slow to move, act, or react
- How do you use it?
- "Anne had gone over to Orchard Slope with Diana and came back to find Marilla in the kitchen, sitting by the table with her head leaning on her hand. . . . She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, _Anne of Green Gables_)
- Are you a word wiz?
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").