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Below you will find the definition of latent, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
EXAMPLES - Latent in a Sentence
- They examined a property known as latent inhibition. (source)
- Not only that, she's an expert in latent homosexuality. (source)
- Avoid long-term latent effects Protect yourself with an exam today (source)
- There is what is called latent tuberculosis and active tuberculosis. (source)
- What do you call the latent fascist, uh, the last fashion on the streets (source)
- Tuberculosis is also one of the best examples of what is known as latent infection. (source)
- It describes "'latent' or 'preexistent' evolutionary potential" in our history, they say. (source)
- There had to be latent, that is, the possibility of a different and higher mode of action. (source)
- Somebody once told me that this is called the latent heat of phase transition, or something. (source)
- In 2005, 62.3% of angel-group members were "latent"--meaning they hadn't done a deal in 12 months. (source)
- The term latent typically refers to something that is dormant, not observable, or not yet realized. (source)
- Interestingly enough, ingestion can be followed by what they call a latent period of six to twenty hours. (source)
- Anyone inhaling air containing TB bacteria may become infected, which is referred to as latent TB infection. (source)
- The TB bacteria do, however, remain in the body in an inactive state -- what doctors call a latent infection. (source)
- Because I defend that idea, I am routinely labeled as someone who "hates" the poor and often as a 'latent' racist. (source)
- Some persons do not like the term latent energy, and speak of energy which is not in action as possible or potential. (source)
- In the case of tuberculosis, there are two stages to tuberculosis, one that we most commonly call latent tuberculosis. (source)
- That condition is what we are pleased to call latent heat, and in it resides mainly the ability of the steam to do work. (source)
- The principle of heat is contained in bodies Mithout sensibly manifesting its presence; it is then called latent c 2 heat. (source)
- The relations between two States must often be termed a latent war, which is provisionally being waged in peaceful rivalry. (source)
- This print is called a latent impression, the word "latent" meaning hidden, that is, the print many times is not readily visible. (source)
- "This symbolizes what I call latent radicalism," said Ayesha Siddiqa, a scholar and commentator, referring to public support for Qadri. (source)
- The amount of heat required to effect the change from the liquid to the vaporous state, commonly called the latent heat of vaporization. (source)
- The heat so utilized in changing the condition of the ice is the latent heat and in this particular case is known as the latent heat of fusion. (source)
- The refrigerator, for example, owes its existence to a discovery that liquids take in energy when they evaporate, a phenomenon known as latent heat. (source)
- Lacassagne -- who had already applied the term "hermaphrodisme moral" to this anomaly -- explained congenital homosexuality by the idea of latent bisexuality. (source)
- The heat so utilized is called the latent heat of evaporation and is the heat which apparently disappears in causing the substance to pass from a liquid to a gaseous state. (source)
- Using a natural phenomenon called latent heat, freezing the cold storage unit enables the storage of around 60 times more chilling capacity than if the unit remained liquid. (source)
- Energy is also required to evaporate water from the sea or land surface, and this energy, called latent heat, is released when water vapor condenses in clouds (see Figure 1). (source)
- In principle, this could lead to changes in the storm's structure, intensity and motion, because it is this heat energy (known as latent heat) that fuels and drives hurricanes. (source)
- Before it boils it evaporates, the heat loss is called latent heat, and is a major way in which the surface loses energy to the atmosphere convection and radiation are the other two. (source)
- In some cases, the loss of beta cells progresses slowly, causing the disease to appear for the first time in adults, when it is described as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). (source)
- These tall towers are associated with convective bursts and can be a sign of future strengthening as they indicate areas where heat, known as latent heat, is being released into the storm. (source)
- Canadian researchers found that among all Quebec residents treated for so-called latent tuberculosis TB over six years, those older than 65 were more likely to be hospitalized for liver damage. (source)
- The goal of this report is to report my findings on the real economic potential, or what an economist calls the latent demand, represented by a city when defined as an area of dominant influence. (source)
- But when materials change phase from solid to liquid, or liquid to gas (excluding triple point), a large amount of energy is expended just to realize the phase change; this is called latent heat of fusion (or melting). (source)
- The connection, both highly creative people and psychosis prone people have reduced levels of what doctors call latent inhibition, that is, they can't ignore all the extraneous and irrelevant things that happen in the environment around them. (source)
- There is regular reporting of tuberculosis cases in Canada, Williams said, with most associated with travel to another country or so-called latent infections in immigrants, in which tuberculosis reappears later in life as a person's body weakens. (source)
- Duchesne's definition was evidently a sharp and useful one, since it developed for the first time the idea of latent or dormant qualities,  formerly active, and awaiting probably through centuries an occasion to awaken, and to display the lost characters. (source)
- Humans with overt metapsychic powers were slowly increasing in number; however, in the majority of the population, the mindpowers were either meager to the point of nullity, or else latent, that is, nearly unusable, because of psychological barriers or other factors. (source)
- The conception of retarded inversion, -- that is to say a latent congenital inversion becoming manifest at a late period in life, -- was first brought forward by Thoinot in 1898 in his _Attentats aux Moeurs_, in order to supersede the unsatisfactory conception, as he considered it to be, of acquired inversion. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "latent" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 41 synonyms for latent.
abeyant, between the lines, concealed, contained, covert, idle, immature, implied, in abeyance, inactive, inert, inferential, inferred, inherent, inoperative, intrinsic, invisible, involved, lurking, passive, possible, potential, quiescent, rudimentary, secret, sleeping, smoldering, suppressed, suspended, tacit, torpid, underdeveloped, underlying, undeveloped, unexposed, unexpressed, unrealized, unripe, unseen, veiled, vestigial
We have 8 antonyms for latent.
active, apparent, clear, live, manifest, obvious, open, public
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of latent from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Present or potential but not evident or active: latent talent.
- (adjective) Pathology In a dormant or hidden stage: a latent infection.
- (adjective) Biology Undeveloped but capable of normal growth under the proper conditions: a latent bud.
- (adjective) Psychology Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
- (noun) A fingerprint that is not apparent to the eye but can be made sufficiently visible, as by dusting or fuming, for use in identification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Existing or present but concealed or inactive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Not visible or apparent; hidden; concealed; secret; dormant.
- (adjective) Existing but not presenting symptoms; dormant or developing; -- of disease, especially infectious diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Hidden; concealed; not visible or apparent; not manifested: as, latent motives; latent germs of disease.
- (None) In botany, dormant or undeveloped: said of buds which are not externally manifest until stimulated to growth.
- (None) Synonyms Covert, Occult, etc. See secret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
- (adjective) (pathology) not presently active