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latent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of latent

  1. not being in a state of use, activity, or employment he has a latent talent for acting that he hasn't had a chance to express yet Synonyms of latent dead, dormant, fallow, free, idle, inert, inoperative, inactive, off, unused, vacantWords Related to latent abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms of latent functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms of latent active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

Synonym Discussion of latent

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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