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She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
  potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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  • She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
  • A latent HPV infection reactivated when her immune system weakened with age.
  • Now listen to me,’ said the dying woman aloud, as if making a great effort to revive one latent spark of energy.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy’s Progress
  • It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.
    Lord Acton

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  • These were of a character to force into germination whatever seeds of hereditary superstition lay latent in my bosom.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • A latent defect lead to a lawsuit.
  • It was your own virtue, Jane, rather even than your helplessness which awakened for an instant the latent decency of this degraded man.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
  • There was no latent snobbery in us; we didn’t find any in them.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • In addition to papism, the Reverend probably suspected this noisy creature of latent femaleness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The latent uneasiness in Darnay’s mind was roused to vigourous life by this letter.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • The sight made him unhappy, and his unhappiness roused his latent fears.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • As for the problem of overproduction, which has been latent in our society since the development of machine technique, it is solved by the device of continuous warfare...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • ’Now listen to me,’ said the dying woman aloud, as if making a great effort to revive one latent spark of energy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • As though I were beginning to be able to use that power I feel I’ve got inside me–that extra, latent power.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Even so, it was a hard fight, and it aroused the last latent remnants of Buck’s ferocity.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • she had eyes like jewels, dark and imperious, revealing latent energy and an intellectual force that could be felt at once.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • ’First I tested for latent prints,’ Selma said, and she showed the results to Patrick.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • That would indicate a rather powerful latent talent, if it was manifesting so clearly even before the transformation.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • ...there lingered somehow, latent yet still immediate, that violence which...
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The horror of my morning and the stranded ship and not having any lunch had all combined to give birth to a latent sense of excitement at the back of my mind that I did not understand.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • And, later on, other forms of cancer besides leukemia, with longer periods of latency, were showing up at higher than normal rates:
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • they had some latent moral for his own improvement
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Latent Homosexual
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Who, then, fanned this latent hate into fury?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature’s requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • We know that she possessed a latent telekinetic talent, commonly referred to as TK.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Captain Vere in the end may have developed the passion sometimes latent under an exterior stoical or indifferent.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • If there were any plan in the universe at all, if there were any pattern in a human life, surely it could be discovered mysteriously latent in those lives so suddenly cut off.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • They have, though; the words and the ideas have lain ’latent’ in their consciousness, but now, when all caution and all censorship have let go, they are surfacing.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • When two people talk, their volume and pitch fall into balance. What linguists call speech rate — the number of speech sounds per second — equalizes.
    So does what is known as latency, the period of lime that lapses between the moment one speaker stops talking and the moment the other speaker begins.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • a latent strength, a realism, was brought to its fullest development by the facts that she was compelled to face.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • According to the best current estimates, about two billion people, one-third of humanity, have tb bacilli in their bodies, but the disease tends to remain latent.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • To all outward appearances, she was still a baby, but round her now was a sense of latent power so terrifying that Jean could no longer bear to enter the nursery.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ...a man, who probably brought into the school with him along with his sober watchful mountain reserve a good deal of latent insubordination that he would not be aware of any more than he would be aware at first that the teacher was afraid of him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I believe you are latent with unseen existences
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Margaret saw horror latent in the scene, and Helen’s next remark did not surprise her.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He was tall, dark, and handsome—like an old-time movie star (without the latent homosexual tendencies).
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Max frowned and searched his friend’s face for any indication of a chink in the armor, a latent willingness to share.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Some baddies wanted power—and the Egg, by its unique resources, has latent in it key to such power as Genghis Khan never dreamed.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • That her son had developed all the latent characteristics of a three-dollar bill escaped her notice—all she knew was that she was glad he lived in Birmingham because he was oppressively devoted to her, which meant that she felt obliged to make an effort to reciprocate, which she could not with any spontaneity do.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The efrits’ skill at awakening latent magic in humans.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • There were 188 latent queries.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The only physical evidence to implicate Joe was a latent partial palm-print that the state’s examiner testified matched him.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The latent rabies virus flared up among the starving foxes, and the wolves began to contract the disease too.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • This feeling was similar, except it was my intellect that was weary and expanded, languid and latently powerful.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • When I looked back across the precious, stately landscape of my property, it seemed I had traveled far miles to the place I was standing, as if I had gone round and round the earth in an endless junket, the broad lawn a continent, the pool a whole ocean, the house the darkened museum of a one-man civilization, whose latent history, if I could so will it, would be left always unspoken, unsung.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Got her latent on the fridge.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I respected the presence of these latent hazards.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For the first time since the night of my arrival at Yetta’s house over a month before, I began to see seeping out of Nathan, almost like some visible poisonous exudate, his latent capacity for rage and disorder.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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