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laggard

adjective lag·gard \ ˈla-gərd \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of laggard

:lagging or tending to lag :dilatory

laggardly

adverb or adjective

laggardness

noun

Examples of laggard in a Sentence

  1. I hate being stuck behind laggard motorists on the freeway.

First Known Use of laggard

1702


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laggard

noun

Definition of laggard

:one that lags or lingers

Examples of laggard in a Sentence

  1. The company has been a laggard in developing new products.

  2. tried to spur on the laggards at the back of the line during the hike

Recent Examples of laggard from the Web

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First Known Use of laggard

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Financial Definition of LAGGARD

laggard

What It Is

Laggard describes a stock that fails to perform as well as the overall market or a group of peers.

How It Works

In a broad sense, the term laggard connotes resistance to progress and a persistent pattern of falling behind. In a financial sense, a laggard may be a stock or other market-traded security that has historically underperformed on a consistent basis. For example, if biotechnology stock ABC consistently posts annual returns of only 2% when other stocks in the industry post average returns of 5%, stock ABC would be considered a laggard.

Why It Matters

If you hold them in your portfolio, laggards are generally the first candidates for selling. In the example above, holding a stock that returns 2% instead of one that returns 5% costs you 3% each year. Unless there is some solid reason to believe that a catalyst will lift shares of a stock that has historically lagged its competition, continuing to hold the laggard costs you money.


LAGGARD Defined for English Language Learners

laggard

noun

Definition of laggard for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that does not go or move as quickly as others


LAGGARD Defined for Kids

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laggard

adjective lag·gard \ ˈla-gərd \

Definition of laggard for Students

:slow to act, move, or respond
  • He was laggard about repaying the debt.

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laggard

noun

Definition of laggard for Students

:a person who does not go or move as quickly as others


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