inertia

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin inertia ‎(lack of art or skill, inactivity, indolence), from iners ‎(unskilled, inactive), from in- ‎(without, not) + ars ‎(skill, art).

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inertia ‎(countable and uncountable, plural inertias or inertiæ)

  1. (physics, uncountable or countable) The property of a body that resists any change to its uniform motion; equivalent to its mass.
  2. (figuratively) In a person, unwillingness to take action.
    • Carlyle
      Men [] have immense irresolution and inertia.
    • 2014, Jacob Steinberg, "Wigan shock Manchester City in FA Cup again to reach semi-finals", The Guardian, 9 March 2014:
      City had been woeful, their anger at their own inertia summed up when Samir Nasri received a booking for dissent, and they did not have a shot on target until the 66th minute.
  3. (medicine) Lack of activity; sluggishness; said especially of the uterus, when, in labour, its contractions have nearly or wholly ceased.

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Noun[edit]

inertia

  1. inertia

Declension[edit]

Inflection of inertia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative inertia inertiat
genitive inertian inertioiden
inertioitten
partitive inertiaa inertioita
illative inertiaan inertioihin
singular plural
nominative inertia inertiat
accusative nom.? inertia inertiat
gen. inertian
genitive inertian inertioiden
inertioitten
inertiainrare
partitive inertiaa inertioita
inessive inertiassa inertioissa
elative inertiasta inertioista
illative inertiaan inertioihin
adessive inertialla inertioilla
ablative inertialta inertioilta
allative inertialle inertioille
essive inertiana inertioina
translative inertiaksi inertioiksi
instructive inertioin
abessive inertiatta inertioitta
comitative inertioineen

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From iners ‎(without skill; inactive), from in- ‎(not) + ars ‎(art, skill).

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Noun[edit]

inertia f ‎(genitive inertiae); first declension

  1. want of art or skill, unskillfulness, ignorance
  2. (by extension) inactivity, idleness, laziness, indolence

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First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative inertia inertiae
genitive inertiae inertiārum
dative inertiae inertiīs
accusative inertiam inertiās
ablative inertiā inertiīs
vocative inertia inertiae

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References[edit]

  • inertia” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.