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Definition of "stagnant" []

  • Not moving or flowing; motionless. (adjective)
  • Foul or stale from standing: stagnant ponds. (adjective)
  • Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement; not developing or progressing; inactive: a stagnant economy. (adjective)
  • Lacking vitality or briskness; sluggish or dull: a stagnant mind. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stagnant" in a sentence
  • "That still wouldn't explain stagnant or declining hourly wages for bottom half men, of course."
  • "They won't want much, they will just let everything remain stagnant quo."
  • "The Japanese economy has been called "stagnant," but according to a review by Robert Locke, this is because the Japanese aren't aiming for growth."