American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not moving or flowing; motionless.
- adj. Foul or stale from standing: stagnant ponds.
- adj. Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement; not developing or progressing; inactive: a stagnant economy.
- adj. Lacking vitality or briskness; sluggish or dull: a stagnant mind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That stagnates; not flowing; not running in a current or steam; motionless; hence, impure or foul from want of motion
- adj. Not active or brisk; dull.
- adj. not growing or changing; without force or vitality
- adj. not circulating or flowing
- From French stagnant, from Latin stagnans, present participle of stagno ("to form a pool of standing water") (Wiktionary)
- Latin stāgnāns, stāgnant-, present participle of stāgnāre, to be stagnant; see stagnate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Even when there is a stain, use the minimum water required for cleaning up and do not allow the water to remain stagnant on the surface.”
“Since about 1990, a major factor in stagnant wages has been the increase in health care costs.”
“Maybe inside lakes or in stagnant water or something, but not (in the ocean) that we could recall ...”
“Caplan is saying that people who live in stagnant economies do not learn from failure.”
“The willful destruction of the US economy by the previous administration is having the effect intended, which was to totally bust local, state and the federal government budgets and leave americans stuck in stagnant economy and divide the nation along economic lines.”
“I like that they are showing progression rather than having the way they relate to each remain stagnant – shucks, just like real life.”
“Lately, most measures of inflation have been hitting the 1 percent range, and the Fed chairman left little doubt that he expects the rate to remain stagnant for some time.”
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