Definition of stagnant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstaɡnənt/


1(Of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence: a stagnant ditch
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  • Wade had a large clay pot with a big chip in the top in which he kept stagnant water, weeds, and any bugs that intrigued him.
  • The took a compass bearing for the direction of the croaking and eventually reached stagnant, muddy pools, thick with a scum of dead insects.
  • If your water has been stagnant for some time, treat it before you drink it.
still, motionless, static, stationary, standing, dead, slack;
foul, stale, putrid, smelly
1.1Showing no activity; dull and sluggish: a stagnant economy
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  • The body politic is stagnant, its membership mediocre and undeservedly self-satisfied.
  • However, pay for similar work in the US has been relatively stagnant if not declining.
  • In stagnant economies, urbanisation levels do not increase much.
inactive, sluggish, slow-moving, lethargic, static, flat, depressed, declining, moribund, dying, dead, dormant



Pronunciation: /ˈstaɡnənsē/
Example sentences
  • You have to give children confidence or they will be fearful, and fear leads to stagnancy.
  • The huge bauxite mines which surround Linden have been idle for several years and the national government has been actively searching for a solution to this region's economic stagnancy.
  • The stagnancy of national politics only seems to make them more eager to get involved.


Example sentences
  • I look pregnant but am merely filled with fluids that no longer pass into the liver, but rather collect stagnantly in the abdominal tissues.
  • He looked around at all the open windows that failed to stifle it, the bowls of Pot-Pori that sat stagnantly decomposing on side tables too small and cluttered with leaflets to serve any purpose.
  • Thankfully, the rain had stopped but puddles of water were still standing stagnantly before the cafe's door.


Mid 17th century: from Latin stagnant- 'forming a pool of standing water', from the verb stagnare, from stagnum 'pool'.

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Syllabification: stag·nant

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