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The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
  unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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  • The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
  • The audience sat inert and unmoved by her speech.
  • Even when seemingly cured, a patient can have some HIV virus hiding out in the body, remaining inert for years, until it flares up again to cause disease.
  • Employees seem inert and unresponsive. Nobody is solving customer problems.

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  • She considers our political system inert and calls for violent revolution as the path to change.
  • Her inert body still had a beating heart.
  • His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I look down at Beetee’s inert body.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Even then I kept seeing the soldier’s body tumbling toward the water, splashing down hard, how inert and heavy it was, how completely dead.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Edmond shuddered when he heard the painful efforts which the old man made to drag himself along; his leg was inert, and he could no longer make use of one arm.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Father! Wake up. They’re trying to throw you out of the carriage…. His body remained inert.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Unable to find anything more suitable, the four of them were transporting the wounded camerlegno on a narrow table, balancing the inert body between them as though on a stretcher.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With his face in his hands ..., Zooey sat at Seymour’s old desk, inert, but not asleep, for a good twenty minutes.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He pulled himself along the hot sand on his knees for a time, but in the end he lay stretched out in the vastness of those pale dunes as birds of prey circled over his inert body.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • But Betty collapses in her hands and lies inert on the bed.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Instead, he kept swinging his massive horns at Luke’s inert figure, then suddenly lunged forward atop Luke’s body, where he began to buck again.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I felt all was well again, or at least as well as it had been during that last month, which I see now was a period of the most agreeable passivity, an inert state that neither of us—being alike in many ways— was willing to disturb.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I am careful and accurate, but I have drawn a person-shaped bottle, inert and without life.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The sputtering noises abruptly ceased, and the stout body went limp, lying inert as a sack of barley on the stone flags.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The Red Sea lay beyond, inert, the whole thing doomed.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Clumsily I grappled around in the wreckage—upending dusty kiddie purses and day packs, snatching my hands back at hot things and shards of broken glass, more and more troubled by the way the rubble gave under my feet in spots, and by the soft, inert lumps at the edge of my vision.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The robot still sat there, completely inert.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • But I fired four shots more into the inert body, on which they left no visible trace.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Together Armstrong and Lombard had carried the inert body of Anthony Marston to his bedroom and had laid him there covered over with a sheet.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • For the first time in his life he did not despise the proles or think of them merely as an inert force which would one day spring to life and regenerate the world.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As it sank he became less and less frenzied, and just as it dipped he slid from the hands that held him, an inert mass, on the floor.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I sprang to my feet, my inert hand grasping my pistol, my mind paralyzed by the dreadful shape which had sprung out upon us from the shadows of the fog.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Even within the five-mile circle the great majority of people were inert.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat’s hull was incredibly compelling.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Only this time it was no longer an inert body, without feeling, that the villain had to deal with.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Ian hauled his inert brother around one side of the pillar, dragging him in jerks, a foot at a time.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Countless plants withered and crumbled and became inert as dust.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I remain inert.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • His heart was hammering again in aching terror as he hurtled upward and downward through the blind gangs of flak charging murderously into the sky at him, then sagging inertly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Billy and the Maori dug into the inert, unpromising gravel of the moon.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • They alone moved through the vast inertness.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The scaffold is not a piece of carpentry; the scaffold is not a machine; the scaffold is not an inert bit of mechanism constructed of wood, iron and cords.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If he is industrious he may seek help from a commentary, but what he finds there is likely to be so much academic lumber that lies inertly in the mind.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Abel maneuvered his flashlight beam across a heap of inert, silent fish.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • To his right, his son, Draco, who had been gazing up at the inert body overhead, glanced quickly at Voldemort and away again, terrified to make eye contact.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I was no longer an inert mass, and I had, comparatively speaking, great freedom of movement.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Marguerite sat, straight upright, rigid and inert, trying to think, trying to face the situation, to realise what had best be done.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Standing with arm inert, Deukalion waited, seeing death before him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Usually I’m inert.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • I strained, fighting against Jacob’s inert strength.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Lastly, I saw Mr. Mason was submissive to Mr. Rochester; that the impetuous will of the latter held complete sway over the inertness of the former: the few words which had passed between them assured me of this.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was not flattery that he wanted, she had seen him listening to the obsequious compliments of liars, listening with a look of resentful inertness-almost the look of a drug addict at a dose inadequate to rouse him.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • II It was a damp April day, with long diagonal clouds over the Albishorn and water inert in the low places.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Pa leans above the bed in the twilight, his humped silhouette partaking of that owl-like quality of awry-feathered, disgruntled outrage within which lurks a wisdom too profound or too inert for even thought.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
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