What does the word latent mean?

Usage examples for latent

  1. He feels that unreasoning intuition has penetrated to some latent germ of good in his nature, and for the moment he is disarmed of evil. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  2. The hero- worship which is latent in the heart of all young people worth their salt sprang into sudden life. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  3. Now here they were in a company that was not only altogether alien to their former mood, but extremely interesting and exciting and closely akin to the latent factors in Marjorie's composition. – Marriage by H. G. Wells