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Latent; inactive; silent. That which is dormant is not used, asserted, or enforced.

A dormant partner is a member of a partnership who has a financial interest yet is silent, in that he or she takes no control over the business. The partner's identity is secret because the individual is unknown to the public.


adjective abeyant, asleep, at rest, deactivated, hibernating, iacere, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inert, inoperative, latent, passive, quiet, resting, sleeping, slumbering, smoldering, static, still, suspended, torpid, unaroused, unawakened, unwakened
Associated concepts: dormant case, dormant corporation, dormant judgment, dormant partner, dormant powers, dormant season
See also: dead, inactive, insensible, lifeless, otiose, passive, potential, stagnant, static, torpid
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