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dormant

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dormant

  1. 1 being in a state of suspended consciousness the bears lay dormant in their den during the winter Synonyms of dormant asleep, dozing, napping, resting, sleeping, slumberingWords Related to dormant drowsy, nodding, sleepy, slumberous (or slumbrous), somnolent; dreaming, reposing; hypnotized, mesmerized; comatose, semiconscious; sleepwalking, somnambulantNear Antonyms of dormant aware, conscious; sleepless; aroused, astir, awakened, roused, up, wakened; reawakened, revivedAntonyms of dormant awake, sleepless, wakeful, wide-awake

  2. 2 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment the engine lay dormant in the garage until we found a use for it Synonyms of dormant dead, inactive, fallow, free, idle, inert, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantWords Related to dormant abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms of dormant functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms of dormant active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

Synonym Discussion of dormant

latent, dormant, quiescent, potential mean not now showing signs of activity or existence. latent applies to a power or quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop.
    • a latent desire for success
dormant suggests the inactivity of something (such as a feeling or power) as though sleeping.
    • their passion had lain dormant
quiescent suggests a usually temporary cessation of activity.
    • the disease was quiescent
potential applies to what does not yet have existence or effect but is likely soon to have.
    • a potential disaster


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