What does stagnant mean?

Definitions for stagnantˈstæg nənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word stagnant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dead(a), stagnant(adj)

    not circulating or flowing

    "dead air"; "dead water"; "stagnant water"

  2. stagnant, moribund(adj)

    not growing or changing; without force or vitality


  1. stagnant(Adjective)

    Lacking freshness, motion, flow, progress, or change; stale; motionless; still.

  2. Origin: From stagnant, from stagnans, present participle of stagno

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stagnant(adj)

    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 in the veins

  2. Stagnant(adj)

    not active or brisk; dull; as, business in stagnant

  3. Origin: [L. stagnans, -antis, p. pr. of stagnare. See Stagnate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stagnant

    stag′nant, adj. stagnating: not flowing: motionless: impure from being motionless: not brisk: dull.—n. Stag′nancy, the state of being stagnant.—adv. Stag′nantly.—v.i. Stag′nate, to cease to flow: to become dull or motionless.—n. Stagnā′tion, act of stagnating: state of being stagnant or motionless: dullness. [L. stagnans, -antis, pr.p. of stagnāre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stagnant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stagnant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Sloan:

    Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.

  2. John Mason Good:

    Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.

  3. Kevin Cordaro of Whitman:

    Depending on how many street lights are on, the scenery ranges from stagnant to nonexistent.

  4. Alicia Munnell:

    We’ve had stagnant wage growth for a long time - a lot of people can’t save and cover their living expenses.

  5. Robert Stewart:

    Selma is a very resilient place but it's a place that is stagnant, the sad thing is that it has so much potential.

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