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stagnant

[stag-nuh nt] /ˈstæg nənt/
adjective
1.
not flowing or running, as water, air, etc.
2.
stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
3.
characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement:
a stagnant economy.
4.
inactive, sluggish, or dull.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin stāgnant- (stem of stāgnāns), present participle of stāgnāre to stagnate; see -ant
Related forms
stagnancy, stagnance, noun
stagnantly, adverb
unstagnant, adjective
unstagnantly, adverb
Synonyms
4. dormant, lifeless, dead, inert, lazy.
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British Dictionary definitions for stag-nancy

stagnant

/ˈstæɡnənt/
adjective
1.
(of water, etc) standing still; without flow or current
2.
brackish and foul from standing still
3.
stale, sluggish, or dull from inaction
4.
not growing or developing; static
Derived Forms
stagnancy, stagnance, noun
stagnantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stagnāns, from stagnāre to be stagnant, from stagnum a pool
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Word Origin and History for stag-nancy

stagnant

adj.

1660s, from French stagnant (early 17c.), from Latin stagnantem (nominative stagnans), present participle of stagnare "to stagnate" (see stagnate).

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