stagnant

[stag-nuhnt]
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:
1660–70; < Latin stāgnant- (stem of stāgnāns), present participle of stāgnāre to stagnate; see -ant

stagnancy, stagnance, noun
stagnantly, adverb
unstagnant, adjective
unstagnantly, adverb


4. dormant, lifeless, dead, inert, lazy.
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stagnant (ˈstæɡnənt)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Latin stagnāns, from stagnāre to be stagnant, from stagnum a pool]
 
'stagnancy
 
n
 
'stagnance
 
n
 
'stagnantly
 
adv

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stagnant
1666, from Fr. stagnant (1611), from L. stagnantem (nom. stagnans), prp. of stagnare (see stagnate).
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Example sentences
Stagnancy and conservatism are essential facts of ghetto life.
Yet despite these factors, which would seem to favor stagnancy, change could be afoot.
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