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



    BrE BrE//ˈstæɡnənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæɡnənt//
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  1. 1stagnant water or air is not moving and therefore smells unpleasant Few fish survive in the stagnant waters of the lake.
  2. 2not developing, growing or changing synonym static a stagnant economy a stagnant population The housing market has been largely stagnant over the past few months.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin stagnant- ‘forming a pool of standing water’, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum ‘pool’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stagnant