Synonyms of would-be
buddingDictionary • a book that provides encouragement for would-be writers
potential • potential customers
so-called • their so-called economic miracle
professed • their professed concern for justice
dormant • The virus remains dormant in nerve tissue.
self-styled • He fiercely criticised self-styled educational experts.
latent • Advertisements attempt to project a latent meaning behind an overt message.
quasi- • a quasi-biography or mythobiography
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dormantSomething that is dormant is not active, growing, or being used at the present time but is capable of becoming active later on.
• The virus remains dormant in nerve tissue.
latentLatent is used to describe something which is hidden and not obvious at the moment, but which may develop further in the future.
• Advertisements attempt to project a latent meaning behind an overt message.
potentialYou use potential to say that someone or something is capable of developing into the particular kind of person or thing mentioned.
• potential customers
Thesaurus for would-be from the Collins English Thesaurus
wanting or professing to be