- not flowing or running, as water, air, etc.
- stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
- characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement: a stagnant economy.
- inactive, sluggish, or dull.
Origin of stagnant
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4. dormant, lifeless, dead, inert, lazy.
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Examples from the Web for stagnancy
And with it all there is a heavy sense of stagnancy, a dreary lifelessness.Figures of Several Centuries
There is remarkable equableness and stagnancy in the atmosphere up here, I think.Farthest North
Takes the advance, but is justified in it by the slowness, nay, by the stagnancy of the administration.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
There were long periods of barrenness or stagnancy when Stephen could write nothing.The House by the River
A. P. Herbert
The stagnancy has not dried up, but festers still in black rot below the rushes.The Challenge of the Dead
- (of water, etc) standing still; without flow or current
- brackish and foul from standing still
- stale, sluggish, or dull from inaction
- not growing or developing; static
C17: from Latin stagnāns, from stagnāre to be stagnant, from stagnum a pool
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Word Origin and History for stagnancy
1660s, from French stagnant (early 17c.), from Latin stagnantem (nominative stagnans), present participle of stagnare "to stagnate" (see stagnate).
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