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Definition of dormant:

  1. A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or sleep.
  2. In a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; - distinguished from couchant.
  3. Sleeping; as, a dormant animal; hence, not in action or exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed, asserted, or insisted on; as, dormant passions; dormant claims or titles.

Synonyms:

free, napping, slow, unerect, slumbering, vacant, dozing, hibernating, inactive, stunted, somnolent, quiescent, off, stagnation, torpid, unused, latent, nonoperational, backward, slowly, underdeveloped, action, show, latency, abeyant, asleep, fallow.

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