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Another word for latent

  1. Capable of being but not yet in existence

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  3. 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