V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: present or existing, but needing certain conditions in order to be apparent, expressed, or developed
Synonyms: dormant, hidden, underlying, inactive, suppressed, unseen, undeveloped, potential, concealed, lurking, inert
Antonyms: apparent, evident, conspicuous
Tips: Latent is derived from the Latin latentem, which means "to lie in hiding; hidden." Latent describes things that are present but hidden until a specific circumstance brings them out into the open. The related noun latency means "the state of being hidden or not yet detected."
He had a latent heart condition that went undetected until it was too late. (underlying, hidden)
She discovered her latent artistic abilities after she took a class in ceramics. (suppressed, inactive, hidden)
During the latency period of the disease, no symptoms are noticeable. (dormancy)
Although he appears quiet and meek, I have a feeling he has a latent talent for negotiating. (suppressed, undeveloped)
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