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Inert


INERT', adjective [Latin iners; in and ars, art. The English sense is drawn not from art, but from the primary sense, strength or vigorous action.]

1. Destitute of the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion impressed; as, matter is inert

2. Dull; sluggish; indisposed to move or act.