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English definition of “latent”

latent

adjective     /ˈleɪ.tənt/
present but needing particular conditions to become active , obvious , or completely developed : Recent developments in the area have brought latent ethnic tension out into the open . We're trying to bring out the latent artistic talents that many people possess without realizing it.PotentialHoping and hopefulness latency     /-tən.si/ noun [U] formal
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