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ˈleɪt ntla·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. latentadjective

    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

    "a latent fingerprint"; "latent talent"

  2. latentadjective

    (pathology) not presently active

    "latent infection"; "latent diabetes"

GCIDE

  1. Latentadjective

    (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.]

Wiktionary

  1. latentadjective

    Existing or present but concealed or inactive.

    Etymology: From latens, present participle of lateo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latentadjective

    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. Mark Naison:

    Simmering rage, latent racism is becoming more open, because a lot of people are feeling threatened.

  2. Northrop Frye:

    Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.

  3. Joan Baez:

    During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    The dark side of the personality is selfish with latent suicidal tendencies of self-destruction.

  5. John Adams:

    Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the latent spark... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?

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