A lack of action or activity
Throughout Europe the 18th century was less an era of stagnation than of transition.
This consists in the admission of air for the purpose of preventing stagnation of the atmosphere and for the regulation of temperature.
Too much stability, however, finally changed into stagnation, and decay followed.
Disunited, we can hope for nothing but stagnation, misery and ruin.
In a period of general stagnation in mathematical studies, he stands out as a remarkable exception.