Latent meaning

lātnt
The definition of latent is something present but invisible or hidden.

An example of latent is an ability to swim that will become clear with a first lesson.

An example of latent is a psychological tendency that you are not fully aware of.

An example of latent are fingerprints which cannot be seen.

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A fingerprint that is not apparent to the eye but can be made sufficiently visible, as by dusting or fuming, for use in identification.
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Present but invisible or inactive; lying hidden and undeveloped within a person or thing, as a quality, power, or talent.
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(biol.) Dormant but capable of normal development under the best conditions.
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(biology) Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.

A latent bud.

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(psychol.) Unconsciously but not actively so.

A latent homosexual.

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(medicine) Present but not symptomatic.

A latent virus.

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(psychology) Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
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Present or potential but not evident or active.

Latent talent.

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(medicine) Present but not symptomatic.

A latent virus.

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A fingerprint found on an object as at the scene of a crime.
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(biology) Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.

A latent bud.

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(psychology) Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.
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Origin of latent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin latēns latent- present participle of latēre to lie hidden

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin latens, latentis, present participle of lateo (“lie hidden").

    From Wiktionary