The oath of office is in effect a promise—cross my heart and hope to die—never to be inactive or inert.
Is the market an inert force to be manipulated and exploited, to deprive it of hard-earned cash?
Instead of upending the genre as Joe Millionaire did, the inert Harry mostly shows how much things have changed since then.
(The choppy, inert 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd barely registered a blip).
Surrounded by inert goods, we felt hemmed in, pushed toward a lifestyle cul-de-sac.
But Johnny's nap seemed to have had the effect of transforming him into an inert jelly-like mass.
He turned the inert man on his back—the head hung loosely on the side.
She became stiff and inert as she sat in her place with her eyes held dully on the road.
The weather was dry and the roads dusty; the water insipid and inert.
Buddy shook his head savagely, and glared at the unconscious form lying prone and inert on its back.
1640s, from French inerte (16c.) or directly from Latin inertem (nominative iners) "unskilled, inactive, helpless, sluggish, worthless," from in- "without" + ars (genitive artis) "skill" (see art (n.)). Originally of matter; specifically of gases from 1885. Of persons or creatures, from 1774.
inert in·ert (ĭn-ûrt')
Sluggish in action or motion; lethargic.
Not readily reactive with other chemical elements; forming few or no chemical compounds.
Having no pharmacologic or therapeutic action.