a. sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
Her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened.
Sentence in Classic:
She had then taken the impassive figure in her arms, and, still upon her knees, was weeping over it, kissing it, calling to it, rocking it to and fro upon her bosom like a child, and trying every tender means to rouse the dormant senses.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
Ethan had an idea that if she were to marry a man she was fond of the dormant instinct would wake, and her pies and biscuits become the pride of the county; but domesticity in the abstract did not interest her.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Context
This roused me from my nearly dormant state, and I ate some berries which I found hanging on the trees or lying on the ground.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
Rushworth arrived, escorting his mother, who came to be civil and to shew her civility especially, in urging the execution of the plan for visiting Sotherton, which had been started a fortnight before, and which, in consequence of her subsequent absence from home, had since lain dormant.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context