Definition of stagnant in English:

stagnant

Syllabification: stag·nant
Pronunciation: /ˈstagnənt
 
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adjective

  • 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    inactive, sluggish, slow-moving, lethargic, static, flat, depressed, declining, moribund, dying, dead, dormant

Derivatives

stagnancy

Pronunciation: /-nənsē/
noun
More 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.

stagnantly

adverb
More 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.

Origin

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

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