ADJ. sheer | bureaucratic, institutional, organizational, political
VERB + INERTIA lapse into She lapsed into inertia and lay there as if asleep. | overcome The forces for change in the government are not sufficient to overcome bureaucratic inertia.
PREP. out of ~ He stayed where he was, not because he really wanted to, but out of inertia. | through ~ Projects were frequently abandoned through sheer inertia.
PHRASES a state of inertia