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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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  • Consistent, regular input can help you break through stagnant periods, and harness the productive ones.
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  • Unless it concentrates on industries that can actually drive sustainable growth, it will remain stagnant.
  • Our economy is stagnant and for the first time in a long time, and the national mood is deeply pessimistic.
  • Unless a society is stagnant, its language evolves that it really becomes a rather different language a few centuries later.
  • Outside air often carries fewer germs than stagnant indoor air.
  • Swarms of flies rose from pungent clots of slick, stagnant water.
  • At the same time, supplies have remained relatively stagnant.
  • In stagnant air, pollutant particles linger and can cause problems for people.
  • The stagnant sales are forcing the industry to examine not only how it markets its films but also how it makes them.
British Dictionary definitions for stagnant

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 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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