Definition of latent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈleɪtnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪtnt//
[usually before noun]
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existing, but not yet very noticeable, active or well developed latent disease These children have a huge reserve of latent talent. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin latent- ‘being hidden’, from the verb latere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: latent