n. property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction
Because of the sheer inertia of the system many badly needed reform is never introduced.
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The great natural forces lie outside us and we are not conscious of them; we call those forces gravitation, inertia, electricity, animal force, and so on, but we are conscious of the force of life in man and we call that freedom.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Yet his path was not an easy one to tread, for over him he had the misfortune to have placed in authority a Chief Clerk who was a graven image of elderly insensibility and inertia.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
For the rest, among the old trees was depth within depth of grey, hopeless inertia, silence, nothingness.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence Context
Before that time, she knew, a hundred generations of Carols will aspire and go down in tragedy devoid of palls and solemn chanting, the humdrum inevitable tragedy of struggle against inertia.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context