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

Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stagnation was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Stagnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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