Instead of upending the genre as Joe Millionaire did, the inert Harry mostly shows how much things have changed since then.
Is the market an inert force to be manipulated and exploited, to deprive it of hard-earned cash?
(The choppy, inert 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd barely registered a blip).
The oath of office is in effect a promise—cross my heart and hope to die—never to be inactive or inert.
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.
Johnny Rosenfeld still lay in his ward, inert from the waist down.
She became stiff and inert as she sat in her place with her eyes held dully on the road.
And when bending over that inert face I felt that there was no longer any breath!
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.