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Hidden; concealed; that which does not appear upon the face of an item.

For example, a latent defect in the title to a parcel of real property is one that is not discoverable by an inspection of the title made with ordinary care. Similarly, a latent defect in an item of merchandise is one that could not have been discovered by any known or customary inspection or test.


adjective abditus, arcane, behind the scenes, below the surface, camouflaged, concealed, covered, covert, delitescent, hidden from view, indiscernible, occultus, screened, submerged, under the surface, underlying, undetected, undeveloped, undiscovered, unexposed, unnoticed, unseen, unsuspected, veiled
Associated concepts: latent ambiguity, latent danger, latent defect, latent injury, latent liability
See also: blind, concealed, covert, dormant, hidden, inactive, potential, secret, underlying, undisclosed

LATENT, construction. That which is concealed; or which does not appear; for example, if a testator bequeaths to his cousin Peter his white horse; and at the time of making his will and at his death he had two cousins named Peter, and he owned two white horses, the ambiguity in this case would be latent, both as respects the legatee, and the thing bequeathed. Vide Bac. Max. Reg. 23, and article Ambiguity. A latent ambiguity can only be made to appear by parol evidence, and may be explained by the same kind of proof. 5 Co. 69.

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The tracking device enables Maersk Line to immediately identify situations, such as equipment malfunctions or transport delays, which could negatively affect customers' supply chains.
A good example is perishables: Up to 40 percent of domestic fruits and vegetables currently rot in transit or at the harvesting site--the result of transport delays and/or inadequate cold storage.
The study showed that firms blamed transport delays for lost productivity, increased costs and diminished customer service.
STVs are designed to help eliminate the sorting and transport delays that can occur with conveyor or automated guided vehicle systems.
This unpredictability, combined with transport delays cause PIOs.
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