adjective \ˈstag-nənt\

: not flowing

: not active, changing, or progressing

Full Definition of STAGNANT

a :  not flowing in a current or stream <stagnant water>
b :  stale <long disuse had made the air stagnant and foul — Bram Stoker>
:  not advancing or developing <a stagnant economy>
stag·nan·cy \-nən(t)-sē\ noun
stag·nant·ly adverb

Examples of STAGNANT

  1. … many people who make their living in academia are reasonably well insulated from financial devastation. For most tenured faculty, the worst they are likely to experience is stagnant pay and deferred retirement. —Andrew Delbanco, New York Review of Books, 14 May 2009

Origin of STAGNANT

(see stagnate)
First Known Use: 1666


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