She closed her eyes; her body yielded in his arms and hung there inertly.
This mob appeared, for a time, inertly to watch the proceedings.
When, however, the frail figure drooped silently and inertly against the waist strap he seemed to know even in the darkness.
The things of nature are inertly passive under the hand of God.
Some one must be making a big bonfire, answered Helen inertly, as her eyes followed the direction of Ediths finger.
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.