[ adjective ] potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
"a latent fingerprint" "latent talent"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
However , even if the latent demand for demythologization is not nearly as widespread as we are claiming , at_least among the cultured elements of the population there tends to be an almost complete indifference to the church and its traditional message of sin and grace .
[ adjective ] not presently active
"latent infection" "latent diabetes"
Used in print(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)
`` Moriarty '' , my driver suddenly exclaimed with something so definite , so final in his tone I once_more repeated the absurdity , mustering all my latent powers of hypocrisy to sound convinced .