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ˈleɪt ntla·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. latent(adj)

    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

    "a latent fingerprint"; "latent talent"

  2. latent(adj)

    (pathology) not presently active

    "latent infection"; "latent diabetes"


  1. Latent(a.)

    (Med.) Existing but not presenting symptoms; dormant or developing; -- of disease, especially infectious diseases; as, the latent phase of an infection.

    Etymology: [L. latens, -entis, p. pr. of latere to lie hid or concealed; cf. Gr. lanqa`nein, E. lethargy: cf. F. latent.]


  1. latent(Adjective)

    Existing or present but concealed or inactive.

    Etymology: From latens, present participle of lateo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latent(adj)

    not visible or apparent; hidden; springs of action

    Etymology: [L. latens, -entis, p. pr. of latere to lie hid or concealed; cf. Gr. lanqa`nein, E. lethargy: cf. F. latent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Latent

    lā′tent, adj. hid: concealed: not visible or apparent: dormant, undeveloped.—ns. Lā′tence, Lā′tency.—adv. Lā′tently.—Latent heat (see Heat); Latent life, a phrase describing the physiological condition of organisms in which the functions are for a time suspended without losing the power of future activity; Latent period of a disease, the time that elapses before symptoms show the presence of the disease. [L. latens, pr.p. of latēre, to lie hid; Gr. lanthanein, to be hidden.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of latent in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    If you are left alone never mind. Because, you will end up realizing and utilizing the real you in you. That is to say, you will eventually discover and utilize the latent and God-given potentials in you. -Emeasoba George

  2. Schopenhauer:

    What a man can do and suffer is unknown to himself till some occasion presents itself which draws out the hidden power. Just as one sees not in the water of an unruffled pond the fury and roar with which it can dash down a steep rock without injury to itself, or how high it is capable of rising; or as little as one can suspect the latent heat in ice-cold water.

  3. Plutarch:

    It is an observation no less just than common that there is no stronger test of a man?s real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.

  4. Lord Acton:

    It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.

  5. Joanna Cound:

    We started to make prices, not just to take prices, in an attempt to uncover more latent liquidity.

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