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Synonyms for inert
ɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inert(adj)

    unable to move or resist motion

    Synonyms:
    sluggish, torpid, neutral, soggy, indifferent

    Antonyms:
    active, moving, reactive

  2. inert, indifferent, neutral(adj)

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"

    Synonyms:
    immaterial, neutral, impersonal, apathetic, electroneutral, deaf(p), so-so(p), unbiassed, soggy, indifferent(p), unbiased, sluggish, torpid, achromatic, indifferent

    Antonyms:
    moving, active, reactive

  3. inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid(adj)

    slow and apathetic

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

    Synonyms:
    miry, waterlogged, dull, torpid, doughy, sloughy, squashy, swampy, sulky, slow, sluggish, neutral, sloppy, marshy, quaggy, mucky, soggy, indifferent, hibernating(a), boggy, muddy, dormant

    Antonyms:
    active, moving, reactive

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inert

    Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.

    Synonyms:
    idle, inactive, indolent, lazy, slothful, sluggish, trifling, unemployed, unoccupied, vacant

    Antonyms:
    active, busy, diligent, employed, industrious, occupied, working

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inert

    Synonyms:
    indolent, slothful, lazy, sluggish, heavy, inactive, passive, dormant

    Antonyms:
    active, energetic, alert, brisk

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inert(a.)

    Synonyms:
    inactive, lifeless, passive, motionless, dead

  2. inert(a.)

    Synonyms:
    dull, indolent, torpid, sluggish, slothful, lazy, idle, supine, lumpish, dronish

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    unreactive, inertia, unresponsive, inoperative, non-living, non-active

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