Adjective "stagnant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence.
  1. 'This passage was constructed primarily to solve the problem of strong odours from stagnant water and sewage in the inner harbour.'
  2. 'If your water has been stagnant for some time, treat it before you drink it.'
  3. 'The smell of stagnant, rotting waters hung so thickly that the air was nearly unbreathable.'
  4. 'Wade had a large clay pot with a big chip in the top in which he kept stagnant water, weeds, and any bugs that intrigued him.'
  5. 'Algae, that green stuff in stagnant water, produces huge quantities of oxygen.'
  6. 'During the floods, Mr Rushworth saw his cellar fill with ten feet of stagnant flood water.'
  7. 'The streets were still a bit damp and there were stagnant pools of water at many places.'
  8. 'The took a compass bearing for the direction of the croaking and eventually reached stagnant, muddy pools, thick with a scum of dead insects.'
  9. 'Meat is sold from stalls on the side of stagnant puddles and children play in groups around the dirty water.'
  10. 'Although soybean is injured in flooded fields, it can thrive in stagnant, oxygen-deficient water in the glasshouse.'
  11. 'a stagnant economy'
  12. 'Note that blight is not restricted to stagnant or declining regions and cities.'
  13. 'In stagnant economies, urbanisation levels do not increase much.'
  14. 'Demand from the rich was stagnant throughout the period while that from overseas declined sharply in the 1930s.'
  15. 'Over the past few years, the economy has boomed while wages have remained stagnant.'
  16. 'A successful economy is attractive for foreign investors; they do not usually go to a stagnant economy.'
  17. 'Profits remained similarly depressed, with performance in the European market stagnant.'
  18. 'The remaining 82 percent said capital spending would remain stagnant or decline.'
  19. 'Does the Minister consider the claims that productivity in the sector is stagnant or declining are accurate?'
  20. 'The body politic is stagnant, its membership mediocre and undeservedly self-satisfied.'
  21. 'The chief concern of union officials is to secure the income of their apparatus in the face of a stagnant or declining dues base.'


1. not flowing or running, as water, air, etc.

2. stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.

3. characterized by lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement: a stagnant economy.

4. inactive, sluggish, or dull.

More examples(as adjective)

"markets can be stagnant for days."

"wages can be stagnant because of fears."

"stocks can be stagnant in tradings."

"profits can be stagnant for decades."

"places can be stagnant on dates."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin stagnant- ‘forming a pool of standing water’, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum ‘pool’.