- 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
Synonyms for stagnant
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- (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 for stagnant
C17: from Latin stagnāns, from stagnāre to be stagnant, from stagnum a pool
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1660s, from French stagnant (early 17c.), from Latin stagnantem (nominative stagnans), present participle of stagnare "to stagnate" (see stagnate).
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