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Synonyms of 'dormant'

(adjective) 
Definition
temporarily quiet, inactive, or not being used
The virus remains dormant in nerve tissue.
Synonyms
latent
Advertisements attempt to project a latent meaning behind an overt message.
,
inactive
The satellite has been inactive since its launch two years ago.
,
lurking
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quiescent
a quiescent seaside town
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unrealized
,
unexpressed
,
(adjective) 
Definition
alive but in a resting condition
The hamster lapses into a dormant state in cold weather.
Synonyms
inactive
They certainly were not politically inactive.
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sleeping
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inert
He covered the inert body with a blanket
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suspended
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asleep
My daughter was asleep on the sofa.
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sluggish
feeling sluggish and lethargic after a big meal
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slumbering
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comatose
Granpa lies comatose on the sofa.
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hibernating
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torpid
He led a lazy, torpid life at the weekends.
Opposites
, , , ,
aroused
,
awakened
,
wide-awake
,
alive and kicking
,

Additional synonyms

in the sense of asleep
Definition
in or into a state of sleep
My daughter was asleep on the sofa.
Synonyms
sleeping,
napping,
crashed out (slang),
dozing,
slumbering,
snoozing (informal),
fast asleep,
sound asleep,
out for the count,
dead to the world (informal),
in a deep sleep
in the sense of comatose
Definition
sound asleep
Granpa lies comatose on the sofa.
Synonyms
stupefied,
out cold,
dead to the world (informal),
in the sense of inert
Definition
inactive or lifeless
He covered the inert body with a blanket
Synonyms
unresponsive,
unmoving,
unreactive,
slumberous (poetic)

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