• (America) IPA: /ɪnˈɝ.ʃə/, /ɪˈnɝ.ʃə/


  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.
    • 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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