stag·​na·​tion stag-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce stagnation (audio)
: a stagnant state or condition : a state or condition marked by lack of flow, movement, or development
In short, the increasing contamination and stagnation of the segment of river had become a matter of concern.Ryan Holifield and Nick Schuelke
In 1664, when plague had struck Amsterdam again, with the usual stagnation of trade that followed its worst attacks, the sight of a shooting star was taken as axiomatic confirmation of divine displeasure.Simon Schama

Examples of stagnation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keeping the lagoon open to the ocean prevents stagnation and flooding, which can occur when a sand berm builds up at the beach. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024 As a result of that stagnation and lack of investment, the local community lost jobs and was denied input into what the future of the waterfront could be. Alexa Avilés, New York Daily News, 24 May 2024 Connecticut, suffering from 35 years of stagnation, is now enjoying a strong recovery in jobs and business creation. Thomas Quinn, Hartford Courant, 31 Mar. 2024 Sign up Exciting developments in recent years include exoplanets that could hold life, fascinating images of distant planets, and new moon landing goalposts following decades of stagnation. Devika Rao, theweek, 8 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stagnation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stagnation was in 1644

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“Stagnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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