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
Consistent, regular input can help you break through stagnant periods, and
  harness the productive ones.
Family incomes are stagnant, but tuition keeps going up.
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.
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