- the state or condition of stagnating, or having stopped, as by ceasing to run or flow: Meteorologists forecast ozone and air stagnation.
- a foulness or staleness, as one emanating from a standing pool of water.
- a failure to develop, progress, or advance: periods of economic stagnation followed by bursts of growth.
- the state or quality of being or feeling sluggish and dull: Happily, they have been able to avoid stagnation in their ten-year marriage.
Origin of stagnation
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Examples from the Web for stagnation
Others face career uncertainty and stagnation as promotion rates continue to drop for both enlisted and officers.Downsizing the War: Layoffs and Yard Sales in Afghanistan
August 1, 2014
Startups will abandon any potentially “data-intensive” innovation to big players—a recipe for stagnation.AT&T’s New “Sponsored Data” Scheme is a Tremendous Loss for All of Us
January 7, 2014
The MFA spokesman, Mark Regev, said that “if the Arab initiative is take it or leave it, that will be a recipe for stagnation.”The Arab Peace Initiative Makes Its Way to the Knesset
May 20, 2013
My hope is for the two to fail short term in their unity quest for stagnation.Israel’s Religious Zionist Vs. Ultra-Orthodox Rift
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 7, 2013
First, they need to give much more serious attention to the stagnation of blue collar wages.'Does He Care About People Like Me?'
November 12, 2012
True, we have come far from the days of stagnation and despair.
Thus the stagnation of the lower orders could easily be understood.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The inventor of words being a patron of the flux, was a great enemy to stagnation.Cratylus
Only her heart lived; lived with the passive life of stagnation.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
He looked to Barbara like an undertaker who mourned the stagnation of trade.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
- The retardation or cessation of the flow of blood in the blood vessels, as in passive congestion.
- The accumulation of a normally circulating fluid in a part or an organ.
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