Part of speech: adjective

Being in a state of sleep; torpid; inactive; unused.

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Usage examples "dormant":

  1. This climax of the young man's misfortunes awoke at last the long dormant sympathy in his favour. - "Julian Home", Dean Frederic W. Farrar.
  2. As soon as the bushes had given what may be termed their first annual bloom they were cut back halfway to the ground, and dormant buds were thus forced into immediate growth. - "Nature's Serial Story", E. P. Roe.
  3. I have often sent afflicted parents, who shrank from parting with their children, to one institution near London; and I doubt not there are others in England, where pains, and care, and skill, and untiring love awake the slumbering intellect, arouse the dormant affections, and work miracles of healing on these helpless little ones. - "The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases", Charles West, M.D..