stag·​na·​tion | \ stag-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce stagnation (audio) \

Definition of stagnation

: 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

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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not constant or steady

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