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Another word for latent

  1. Capable of being but not yet in existence

      1. Happening at the end of, or as a result of, a series of events; ultimate; final
      2. Occurring at an unspecified time in the future:
      3. (Archaic) Contingent or possible
      1. That can happen or be; potential
      2. Capable of happening but of uncertain likelihood:
      3. Permissible:
      1. (Gram.) Expressing possibility, capability, power, etc.
      2. (Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a verbal construction with auxiliaries such as may or can; for example, it may snow.
      3. That can, but has not yet, come into being; possible; latent; unrealized; undeveloped
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  2. Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state

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  • Quiescent implies a stopping of activity, usually only temporarily the raging sea had become quiescent
  • Dormant suggests a lack of visible activity, as of something asleep a dormant volcano
  • Potential applies to that which exists in an undeveloped state but which can be brought to development in the normal course of events a potential concert pianist
  • Latent applies to that which exists but is as yet concealed or unrevealed latent abilities