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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 of stagnant
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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  • The wide sea of commerce was stagnant; upon the realm of Industry settled down a sullen lethargy.

    Twelve Causes of Dishonesty Henry Ward Beecher
  • Her conversion was an event that broke the lethargy of their stagnant life.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • They delight in those steaming marshes which are pestilential to other beings, and wallow in stagnant water.

  • Without him life would be stagnant, energy and virtue purposeless.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • The fosse has since been filled up, on account of the malaria produced by the stagnant water which it contained.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
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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