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LATENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does latent mean? 

LATENT (adjective)
  The adjective LATENT has 2 senses:

1. potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
2. not presently active

  Familiarity information: LATENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LATENT (adjective)


Sense 1latent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

Context examples:

a latent fingerprint / latent talent

Similar:

possible; potential (existing in possibility)


Sense 2latent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not presently active

Context examples:

latent infection / latent diabetes

Similar:

inactive (not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly)


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