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.
- stag·nan·cy, stagnance, noun
- stag·nant·ly, adverb
- un·stag·nant, adjective
- un·stag·nant·ly, adverb
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How to use stagnant in a sentence
With this warm and stagnant air mass stuck in place, we’ll probably see fog develop again late and toward morning.PM Update: Fog returns late night into early Tuesday as warm conditions continue | Ian Livingston | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Pollutants have gotten trapped at the surface recently, and we may need another day or two to clear out this stagnant air.PM Update: Warm, stagnant air continues into tomorrow | A. Camden Walker | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
Innovation adds about three percentage points to Clorox’s revenue increase every year, Dorer says, meaning that without it, Clorox sales would be stagnant.How Clorox’s new CEO plans to turn disinfectant wipes into future wins | Phil Wahba | October 21, 2020 | Fortune
Although the positive steps taken this summer may seem momentous, professional sports leagues had been relatively stagnant on this issue overall.Hundreds Of Schools Are Still Using Native Americans As Team Mascots | Hope Allchin | October 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The idea of watching a game in a stagnant seat still applies to certain people, but baseball is starting to embrace the social nature of the game, the way play stops and starts so frequently.MLB’s Newest Ballpark Is A Shift Away From Retro-Era Stadiums | Travis Sawchik | July 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
But those are tributaries that well forth from a deeper stagnancy.
Till then live on, the symbol of insatiate greed, a living Sodom, weltering in the fetid pool of spiritual stagnancy!The Weird Orient | Henry Iliowizi
For they are a singular Nation, if stirred up from their stagnancy; and are much in earnest about this Spanish War.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XI. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
It was a broken stretch of seventy feet to the green stagnancy below.Mountain | Clement Wood
Still he sat in feeble sunshine trying to move beyond stagnancy.Gladiator | Philip Wylie
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 | Adam Gurowski
British Dictionary definitions for stagnant
(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
- stagnancy or stagnance, noun
- stagnantly, adverb
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