latent function


noun Sociology.

any function of an institution or other social phenomenon that is unintentional and often unrecognized.

Nearby words

  1. latent,
  2. latent allergy,
  3. latent ambiguity,
  4. latent content,
  5. latent diabetes,
  6. latent gout,
  7. latent heat,
  8. latent homosexuality,
  9. latent hyperopia,
  10. latent image


Origin of latent function

First recorded in 1945–50

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