1) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If something such as a business or society is stagnant, there is little activity or change.

He is seeking advice on how to revive the stagnant economy...

Mass movements are often a factor in the awakening and renovation of stagnant societies.

2) ADJ Stagnant water is not flowing, and therefore often smells unpleasant and is dirty.

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  • stagnant — stagnant, ante [ stagnɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1546; lat. stagnans; de stagnare → stagner 1 ♦ Qui ne s écoule pas, reste immobile (d un fluide). ⇒ dormant. De grandes eaux qui « deviennent lentes et demeurent stagnantes, faute de pente » (Taine). 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stagnant — STAGNÁNT, Ă, stagnanţi, te, adj. (Despre fluide) Care stă pe loc, care nu curge; stătător. ♦ fig. (Despre abstracte) Care nu evoluează, nu progresează, care lâncezeşte; inactiv. – Din fr. stagnant, lat. stagnans, ntis. Trimis de dante, 25.07.2004 …   Dicționar Român

  • stagnant — stag‧nant [ˈstægnənt] adjective not changing, developing, or making progress: • Industrial output has remained stagnant. • Corporate profits are slumping (= falling suddenly ) because of a stagnant domestic economy. * * * stagnant UK US …   Financial and business terms

  • Stagnant — Stag nant ( nant), a. [L. stagnans, antis, p. pr. of stagnare. See {Stagnate}.] 1. That stagnates; not flowing; not running in a current or steam; motionless; hence, impure or foul from want of motion; as, a stagnant lake or pond; stagnant blood… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stagnant — stagnant, ante (stagh nan, nan t ) adj. 1°   En parlant des eaux, qui ne coule point. •   Lé pays d Aunis a autrefois été submergé par la mer et par les eaux stagnantes des marais ; c est une des terres les plus nouvelles de la France, BUFF. Add …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • stagnant — (adj.) 1660s, from Fr. stagnant (early 17c.), from L. stagnantem (nom. stagnans), prp. of stagnare (see STAGNATE (Cf. stagnate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stagnant — [stag′nənt] adj. [L stagnans, prp. of stagnare: see STAGNATE] 1. not flowing or moving 2. foul from lack of movement: said of water, etc. 3. not active, alert, etc.; sluggish [a stagnant mind] stagnancy [stag′nən sē] n. stagnantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • stagnant — I adjective apathetic, dormant, dull, hebetudinous, idle, immobile, inactive, indolent, inert, lacking activity, lazy, lentus, lethargic, lifeless, listless, lumpish, motionless, otiose, passive, phlegmatic, phlegmatical, piger, quiescent,… …   Law dictionary

  • stagnant — [adj] motionless, dirty brackish, dead, dormant, filthy, foul, idle, immobile, inactive, inert, lifeless, listless, passive, putrid, quiet, sluggish, stale, standing, static, stationary, still, unmoving; concepts 584,621 Ant. moving …   New thesaurus

  • stagnant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of water or air) motionless and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence. 2) showing little activity. DERIVATIVES stagnancy noun. ORIGIN from Latin stagnare form a pool of standing water , from stagnum pool …   English terms dictionary

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