- 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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Examples from the Web for stagnant
Of course, declining or stagnant wage growth started well before this president took office.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Wages are stagnant and middle-class household incomes continue to decline.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
Cory Gardner and others hammered on stagnant wages for the middle class.How’d the GOP Win? By Running Left
November 6, 2014
The stagnant pool of green water at the bottom of the ditch rises slightly.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
Most importantly, the biggest issue facing the country is our stubborn, stagnant unemployment.'Crossfire' Predicts the State of the Union
January 28, 2014
Action will never be stagnant while there are such things as gold and power.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Her conversion was an event that broke the lethargy of their stagnant life.Leila, Complete
Without him life would be stagnant, energy and virtue purposeless.Mountain Meditations
It was like opening a door out of a beautiful garden into a stagnant ditch.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
"It must have been the wind in the trees," he thought; but there could be no wind in the stagnant dampness of that air.The Manxman
- (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
Word Origin and History for stagnant
1660s, from French stagnant (early 17c.), from Latin stagnantem (nominative stagnans), present participle of stagnare "to stagnate" (see stagnate).